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NDSU Extension and SDSU Extension host free virtual aging well workshops

The workshops will cover estate planning, healthy living and aging in place.

North Dakota State University Extension and South Dakota State University Extension are hosting a series of free aging well workshops. These workshops are offered as live Zoom webinars.

There will be three presentations: Jan. 18, Feb. 15 and March 21. All presentations start at 10 a.m. CST and last one hour. They are free to attend, and you can sign up as an individual or invite a group as a watch party host. Ideal watch party hosts include county Extension offices, senior centers, libraries and community centers.

Susan E. Johnson-Drenth will present on Jan. 18 updates on elder law and estate planning in 2024. Johnson-Drenth is a certified elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and the president of JD Legal Planning PLLC, a Fargo law firm focused on estate planning, elder law, probate, probate litigation, guardianship and trust law, including special needs trusts for people with disabilities.

On Feb. 15, Michelle Kutner will help attendees learn about healthy living for their brain and body. Kutner joined the Alzheimer’s Association in April 2022 as the state program director for the South Dakota Chapter. Kutner is a licensed social worker who obtained her master’s in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

For the final presentation, Leacey Brown and Jane Strommen will describe strategies for staying in your home longer. This presentation will focus on the need for accessibility to age in place. Brown and Strommen are gerontologists who have been working together since 2017 to provide education and outreach about getting older in North Dakota and South Dakota.

“We are excited to offer these educational opportunities on important health and wellness topics which contribute to aging well,” says Strommen.

To register for the January presentation, visit ndsu.ag/aging-well.

For more information about this workshop, or questions about hosting a watch party, contact Jane Strommen, NDSU Extension Gerontology Specialist, at 701-231-5948 or jane.strommen@ndsu.edu.

NDSU Agriculture Communication – Dec. 20, 2023

Source: Jane Strommen, 701-231-5948, jane.strommen@ndsu.edu

Editor: Elizabeth Cronin, 701-231-7881, elizabeth.cronin@ndsu.edu

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