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Rapid City Seniors

Best Cities for Aging
In 2012, the Milken Institute released their first index of the Best Cities for Successful Aging. Although warm southern states like Florida have usually been considered prime retirement spots, it was the Midwest that scored highest; Sioux Falls placed number one on small metros, and Rapid City was number 10 out of 259 small cities.  AARP's Most Liveable Cities study also ranked Rapid City as one of the top cities for staying happy and healthy according to a story by News Center 1
Rapid City was praised for its good economy, high employment rates for seniors, inexpensive inpatient hospitalization rates. A shortage of good nursing homes kept the city from scoring higher, and the index suggested the city would benefit from more golf courses, parks, and trails.
If you are in need of economic, housing, medical or transportation assistance, please visit our Folks Who Are There To Help resource page.

Volunteering for Seniors

333 Sixth Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 394-2507
Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00pm (Except Legal Holidays)
Services: Connects senior volunteers to local non-profit organizations

Senior Centers

2900 Canyon Lake Drive
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 721-8710
Services: Meal programs, computer training, exercise classes, crafts and games, volunteering
315 North 4th Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 394-1887
Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday
Services: Meal programs, exercise classes, dance classes, crafts and games

Fun with the Grandkids

1301 Sheridan Lake Road
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 342-6357
Hours: 9:00 am-7:00 pm, Memorial Day - Labor Day
Services: Playground, children's theater, train ride, concessions
940 Skyline Drive
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 343-8687
Hours: June-August, 8am-8pm; September -May, 8am-5pm
Services: Giant dinosaur statues, gift shop, concessions
481 Jackson Boulevard
Rapid City, SD
Services: Four picnic pavilions, picnic areas, playground areas, Leonard Swanson Memorial Pathway, fishing access to Canyon Lake, paddleboat rentals, boat ramp, lighted pathways, horseshoe courts, restrooms
Animals & Nature
13820 U.S. Highway 16
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 343-2290
Hours: June-July, 7:30am- 7:00pm; August, 8:00am - 6:00pm; September, 8:00am - 5:00pm; October, 9:00am - 4:00pm; November, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Services: Drive-through safari, Babyland zoo
8955 South U.S. Highway 16
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 342-5873
Hours: Seasonal hours vary, open April- November
Services: Reptile exhibits, bird and reptile shows, gem and arrowhead sluicing, playground, gift shop, concessions
4130 Adventure Trail
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 394-2310
Hours: as scheduled for programs/events
Services: Nature programs, outdoor skills classes, self guided tours for groups
Museums & Libraries
610 Quincy Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 394-6139
Hours: 9:00am - 7:00pm, Monday-Thursday; 9:00am - 5:00pm, Friday-Saturday; 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Sunday
Services: Weekly Story Times, arts & crafts, movie nights, summer reading program
713 7th Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 394- 4101
Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm, Monday-Friday; 10:00am - 5:00pm Saturday; Closed Sundays
Services: Exhibits, art shows, youth art classes, youth art camps
222 New York Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 394-6923
Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Memorial Day - Labor Day
Services: Archaeology, geology, paleontology, and Native American history collections, special exhibits, theatre and classes

Housing Options for Seniors

The following is a sample of the services offered in our area, but is not an exhaustive list of senior housing options.

2620 Holiday Lane
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 415-4471
Type of housing: Independent Living
Services: Meal program, activities, housekeeping, transportation, travel program
224 East Minnesota Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 342-6699
Type of housing: Independent living, assisted living
Services: Meal program, activities, bathing assistance, transportation
916 Mountain View Road
Rapid City, SD 57702
(605) 343-8577
Type of Housing: Independent living, assisted living, Dementia & Alzheimer's care, skilled nursing facility
Services: Meal program, spiritual services, recreation & social activities, transportation
224 Elk Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 755-7710
Type of Housing: Home care, skilled nursing
Services: Home health assistance, private duty care

Additional Links & Resources

AARP - website of the American Association of Retired Persons.
Adult Services & Aging - website of the South Dakota Department of Social Services, Adult Services & Aging division. 
Archives - collection of news items relating to Senior Citizens
Health & Wellness - more coverage of Health & Wellness issues in the BHKN archive.
Senior Needs Analysis - brief article and PDF of the Rapid City Senior Need Assessment and Service Gap analysis, published by the University of South Dakota in November 2012.
South Dakota Senior Care - helpful resource pages from, including information about benefits, legal issues, financial planning, housing and health care.


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