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Older Advocates

Advocacy is not often a word that we associate with people who are older. It usually brings to mind a specific cause, a specific historical moment or even specific political "leanings." The word has its roots in Middle English advocacie, meaning intercession. This concept came from the Anglo-French advocassie and the Medieval Latin advocatia and advoca*tus. These roots add layers of...
 

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Indispensable Older Adults

Is there an issue of social justice in regards to older adults? Yes. Working as a chaplain at a retirement community, I see multiple ways that people view older adults as dispensable — dispensable, meaning nonessential, able to be replaced, disposable, unneeded, and superfluous. Pay Attention to Older Adults' Wishes and Values So many visitors treat these important and worthy...
 

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Narrative Gerontology and the Importance of Storytelling

The Importance of Storytelling and Story Listening I was saddened by the recent death of poet Mary Oliver. In the wake of her death, I spent time reading various pieces she had written over the span of her life. As I was working on this blog, I ran across one of her poems that spoke volumes to me about the...
 

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Narratives on Aging

What is your narrative about your own aging process? We don't just start to form narratives about our aging after we have experienced decades of life. It is really a life-long pursuit. It just becomes more pronounced as the years of experience accumulate in the past. Age presents challenges as we learn to navigate the changing world from our changing...
 

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The Joy of Meaning and Purpose

Aging is a gift. The new year invites us to celebrate the blessing of a new year, reflect upon life’s possibilities and experience a deeper sense of meaning and purpose. This opportunity also includes challenges. Making time to reflect upon blessings allows one to look beyond age-related complications to fully open one’s mind, body and spirit to possibilities. ACCEPTING LIFE’S...
 

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Aging LGBT Population Facing Unique Challenges

Summit to Address the Needs of the Community The first Miami Valley LGBT Horizons of Aging Summit focusing on issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults will be held February 11 and 12, 2019, at the Sinclair College Conference Center in Dayton. It is being presented by the United Church Homes’ Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging,...
 

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Giving

We began this new year with wisdom from Parker Palmer — both in last week’s post and as he graced the gathering of participants at the Wisdom Conversation event on Jan. 6 in a conversation via the joys of technology. And so I offer more of his insight as we consider how to engage in the world. Parker began a...
 

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Growing Up with People Who are Growing Old

I have been pleased to discover that we at United Church Homes have an honored tradition of having family members working together in some of our communities. Moreover, we have a few instances of employees’ children following their parents’ pathways into our workforce. The following reflection is from Ms. Grace Arrowood, daughter of United Church Homes’ Four Winds Community Administrator...
 

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Christmas is for Grown-ups

I recently had a brief conversation with an acquaintance about Christmas. The older adult indicated that they didn’t have much to “get ready” as Christmas really is for children. Their statement was what it was, neither good nor bad. But I have been pondering this ever since. The “reason for the season” is Jesus, as the church sign reminds me...
 

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Joy: An Intergenerational Perspective

The watchword for this fourth Sunday of Advent is “joy,” and from reading this week’s gospel lesson from Luke, it is easy to see why. As we read of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth and the exchange that takes place between them, we find a scene absolutely overflowing with joy. The Holy Spirit makes known to Elizabeth that Mary...
 

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