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Coco, Death and Memory

Disney/Pixar released Coco in theaters in 2017. While the vibrant colors and vivid images on the screen and beautiful and typical of Disney/Pixar works, the film’s important lessons and perspectives around death and memory work to highlight familiar and unfamiliar understandings of death and family. Disney/Pixar’s Coco follows Miguel, a boy around 12, who has a forbidden passion for music, based on...
 

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Say What? Palliative Care and Hospice

Over the past several weeks, we have shared observations around palliative care. This topic is in anticipation for the Symposium of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging later this week. Dr. Ira Byock is the keynote speaker and one of our country’s foremost experts on the subject. If you are familiar with hospice, then you have a little...
 

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Good Death

Good death. Isn’t that an oxymoron? Can death ever be good? When I asked a fellow pastor, he said, “Absolutely not. Death is the opposite of life; it’s an enemy.” That’s true. When my grandmother went into the hospital for a routine procedure on her heart, the doctor accidently pierced her heart. Afterward, she had a stroke, so my family...
 

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Loving Life, Loving Funerals: The Faithfulness of Dying Well

The Strangeness of Loving Funerals A friend of mine who serves as a church musician attended a memorial service recently and following the event, offered reflections that needed something of a disclaimer. “I hope this doesn’t come across wrong,” he wrote, “but I really love funerals.” I love funerals, too; leading funeral services is one of the great privileges of...
 

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Dr. Ira Byock

National author and palliative care expert to headline Ohio healthcare symposium

MARION, Ohio – September 25, 2018. More baby boomers are making plans to ensure quality of life in their golden years. That includes making choices about how they wish to be cared for when they can no longer do it themselves. Unfortunately, person-directed care has been slow to gain traction in medical circles. On October 12, United Church Homes’ Ruth...
 

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The Value of Palliative Care

Aging takes courage and challenges individuals to identify their own values, define priorities and discern the best path through life from a body, mind and spiritual perspective. Our bodies are of great value because they are the vehicle that transports us through life. A healthy body allows for greater flexibility in discerning quality of life choices from housing options to...
 

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An Engaged Way of Life

I recently attended an event at The Ohio State University at Marion that focused on The Presidency and the Press. Because Marion is the late president Warren G. Harding’s hometown, the university hosts an annual convocation on a topic of relevance to American history and politics. One of the featured speakers this year was Ms. Maggie Haberman, the New York...
 

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Moving: Residents’ Reflections

Two to three times a week during lunch, I walk around the dining room at Parkvue Place and chat with our residents. I recently took an informal survey, asking our residents to offer their insights about the joys and challenges of moving to Parkvue Place. I asked three questions to create a framework for discussion: 1) what factors influenced your...
 

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Moving to an Assisted Living Community

No one ever dreams of moving into an assisted living community. People plan on retirement and often plan on living in their homes until their death. But then an accident occurs or physical disabilities arise with aging, and suddenly the reality of needing assistance changes their plans to age in place. For many, moving into an assisted living community feels...
 

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A Life of Comfort

Every morning, people wake up and welcome their new day with a uniquely individualized morning routine that provides a sense of well-being, predictability and comfort. How do you begin your day? Are you a person who immediately reaches for a fresh cup of coffee, offers a prayer, spends a few minutes in quiet meditation or do you run out the...
 

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Upcoming Events

Miami Valley LGBT Horizons of Aging Summit

October 01, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

Wisdom Conversations: Our Narratives of Aging

October 01, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

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Comprehensive Campaign for Abundant Life

Learn more about the historic effort to raise $20 million over five years through the Comprehensive Campaign for Abundant Life at United Church Homes.

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