Letter to the Editor
As we ring in a new year, wecan expect to see a number of changes. Social Security is no ex-ception: in 2013, people who re-ceive Social Security orSupplemental Security Income(SSI) payments will see their ben-efits increase.Beginning in 2013, a 1.7 per-cent cost-of-living adjustment(COLA) was applied to all SocialSecurity and SSI payments. Theaverage monthly Social Securitybenefit for a retired worker in2013 is $1,261 (up from $1,240 in2012) and the average monthlySocial Security benefit for a dis-abled worker in 2013 is $1,132(up from $1,113 in 2012). Thesechanges were reflected in SSIpayments dated December 31,2012 and Social Security pay-ments dated in January 2013.For people who receive SSI, themaximum federal paymentamount has risen to $710 (upfrom $698).Other Social Security changesin 2013 are worth noting. For ex-ample, a worker now pays SocialSecurity tax on up to $113,700 of annual income (up from $110,100in 2012). A worker earns one
The Prairie Doc Perspective
By Richard P. Holm M.D.Whenwe werelittle kids,fallingdown waspart of thelearning process. We would sim-ply pick ourselvesback up, dustourselves off, try to figure out whywe f ell so as notto do that again,andthen keep on trucking downtheroad.Falling down as an older adult isanother thing.Each year, more than one-third of Americans olderthan 65experience afall everyyear andnearly twomillion endup in theemergencyroom for in juries dueto those falls.Falls in the elderlycan causemany problems to include frac-tured hips and arms, and headtrauma. These cost our societybillions of dollars per year in theUS, but more important is thecostto the individual for allthepainand suffering. For examplemore than 300,000 peoplewith
hip fractures need major surgeryevery year.Falls are caused in the elderlybecause of slower reflexes, bal-ance problems, reduced musclestrength, poorer vision, and anygeneralized illness. Also with agecomes a higher incidence of neu-rological conditions such asstrokes, Parkinson’s disease, de-creased mental alertness, andbalance problems, all of which in-crease falling. Alcohol excess inthe elderly also should to be in-cluded here, as it decreases neu-ral function, and can cause peopleto take risks that can lead to falls.The risk of stumbling andfalling increases for people of anyage in the presence of loose rugs,cluttered floors, poor lighting, ex-posed electrical or telephonecords, and stairs with nohandrails.Sometimes medicines are toblame for falls. For example med-icines for the treatment of highblood pressure, muscle spasm,
Lake Herman State Park
PIERRE, S.D. – At this GreatPlace in South Dakota, visitorsare able to explore the great out-doors and soak up a bit of thearea’s history.Lake Herman State Park is sit-uated in southeast South Dakotawhere thousands of years agomelting glacial ice formed a1,350-acre lake. Today, the statepark, located on a peninsula, of-fers a great view of the lake,recreational opportunities and ataste of history.It was long before the days of RVing and camping in the mod-ern way that this area was usedfor camping. Even before the ar-rival of white settlers, Native Americans used this location forshelter and refuge while travelingto the nearby Pipestone quarries.However, one of the first perma-nent settlers here was the Her-man Luce family. His cabin,which still stands in the park,was built in 1871 from oak logsand served as a United StatesLand Office. In 1977, the HermanLuce Cabin was placed on the Na-tional Register of Historic Places.Canoe and kayak rentals areavailable for those who want toexplore the lake and the sur-rounding scenery. Both a camp-ground (with 72 campsites) andcamping cabins (2 cabins, eachsleeps 4 people) are available,along with a ski beach, play-ground, boat ramp, and the abil-ity to check out fishing gear onsite.The park is located just outsideof Madison. Reservations forcamping can be made atwww.campsd.com or by calling 1-800-710-2267. Campsites areopen May-October and the camp-ing cabins are open year-round.
South Dakota’s Great Placesweekly press release series is a project of the South Dakota De- partment of Tourism, designed tohighlight places in South Dakotathat are unique to travelers andresidents alike. Click on the“South Dakota’s Great Places” link at www.MediaSD.com to ac-cess the complete list of articles.
pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, or fordiseased prostate or heart, allmay sometimes increase one’srisk for falling. The advantages of such medicines must always bebalanced with the risks.There are many reasons for in-creased falling as an older adult.Better to take appropriate pre-cautions and stay standing, thanto find yourself on the ground un-able to pick yourself up.The take home message:Falls in the elderly costs indi-viduals and society suffering andmoneyThere are many reasons forfalls, so efforts to prevent themshould be tailored to the individ-ualDr. Rick Holm wrote thisPrairie Doc Perspective for “OnCall®,” a weekly program wheremedical professionals discusshealth concerns for the generalpublic. “On Call®” is produced bythe Healing Words Foundation inassociation with the SouthDakota State University Journal-ism Department. “On Call®” airsThursdays on South Dakota Pub-lic Broadcasting-Television at 7p.m. Central, 6 p.m. Mountain. Visit us at OnCallTelevision.com.
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By Deb Imsland Hartford, SS Operations Supervisor
The Prairie Doc Perspective
Dr. Richard Holms, MD
South Dakota’s Great Places
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credit after paying taxes on$1,160 in earnings in 2013 (upfrom $1,130). As always, a workermay earn a maximum of fourcredits each year and a persongenerally needs forty credits (orten years of work) to be eligiblefor retirement benefits.To learn more about these andother changes for 2013, visit theSocial Security website atwww.socialsecurity.gov, and readour fact sheet about the changesat www.socialsecurity.gov/pres-soffice/factsheets/colafacts2013.htm.
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Remembering "Miss Ulrich"Dorothy Ulrich was always"Miss Ulrich" to me and at age70+ calling her Dorothy nevercame easy. You see, she was my2nd grade teacher and then dur-ing my high school years shetaught my Typing and Bookeep-ing classes. In addition she drewthe extra assignment as the Classof '57's sponsor. This wasn't aneasy task with students that in-cluded the likes of Bob Neslandand Darrel Forrester. In lateryears at our class reunions wemarveled that she 'kept her cool'chaperoning our Skip Day(WEEKEND!) in the Black Hills.Miss Ulrich embodied theessence of a Good Teacher and Iknow she will be remembered andmissed in Faith Country and bythe numerous lives she touchedover her many dedicated years toschool and community.I extend my condolences to herfamily.Marilyn Thompson McDermottChandler, Arizona