Learn how to overcome anxiety when visiting elderly loved ones

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According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, more than 5 percent of the population aged 65 and older live in nursing homes, congregate care, assisted living and board-and-care homes, and about 4.2 percent are in nursing homes at any given time.

Visiting loved ones in care communities can be scary, stressful and intimidating to many, but it doesn’t have to be.

For helpful tips on overcoming visitor anxiety, attend the Perry Lutheran H­­omes’ free AgingWell lunch-and-learn program entitled, “How to Make the Most of Your Visits with Loved Ones in Care Communities.”

Attendees will learn helpful ways to think about and prepare for visits with friends, family and loved ones and pick up ideas for visit-day activities.

The AgingWell lunch-and-learn program will be held Thursday, Aug. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Perry Lutheran Homes’ Willis Campus at 2323 Willis Ave. in Perry. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided, so bring a friend.

Featured speaker will be the Perry Lutheran Homes Chief Care Officer Deb Koelln. Koelln has worked in care communities for more than 33 years and has experience and expertise helping residents and loved ones navigate the journey and transitions of aging.

To reserve your spot, call or email Koelln at 515-465-5342 or visit the Perry Lutheran Home website.

Mollie Clark is the director of marketing atthe Perry Lutheran Homes.

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