Elder loneliness is a silent epidemic affecting the health and well-being of our “invisible elders” right here in Perry and Dallas County. Pre COVID-19 pandemic studies showed that more than forty percent of those age 65 and over regularly experience loneliness. One study during the pandemic in June 2020 reported 56% feeling isolated. These feelings of separation, disconnection and isolation lead to serious health problems such as depression, weight loss, cognitive decline, as well as an increased likelihood of death.
“Project Deliver the LOVE” is a fun way for the community
Perry Lutheran Homes partnered with CVS Pharmacy to hold their first on-site COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Tuesday, January 5. Over 100 individuals, both residents and staff, with signed consent forms living or working at King’s Gardens Campus received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The second “booster” dose will be administered on January 26.
Through this vaccine, residents will be able to once again enjoy social time, group
The community of Perry continues to work together with Perry Lutheran Homes to StepUp for local elder citizens. Most recently, the Perry Elks Lodge No. 407 made a $250 donation to support the life-changing Music & Memory program for veterans living in Perry Lutheran Homes memory care communities at its Willis campus.
“On a national level, the Elks pledge is ‘So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective
movement continues its year two rally with the May 30 gathering of one hundred
and forty people from Perry and surrounding communities. The second, annual
Celebration Dinner held at La Poste focused on celebrating Intergenerational
Connections and Elders. Sponsored by Perry Lutheran Homes, through their Board
of Directors, the dinner continued to highlight the blessings and needs of our
and WHO radio personality, Mr. Van Harden, was the evening’s guest speaker.
Harden shared stories about and spoke to the importance of intergenerational
connections and supporting our elder generation. He also helped honor the