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October Book Series: The Longevity Economy

Over the next four weeks, we have invited guests to review books that impact our aging population. Celebrating our Ruth Frost Parker Symposium on October 11, I begin the series by reviewing The Longevity Economy: Inside the World’s Fastest Growing, Most Misunderstood Market,  by Dr. Joseph Coughlin (our keynote at the event).  The book offers a critical challenge for...
 

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Summertime: Then You’ll Spread Your Wings

George Gerschwin’s Summertime invites the listener to appreciate the gentle wonder and fullness of each new day. “Then you'll spread your wings, and you'll take to the sky.” One can imagine the graceful beauty of young bird, slowly stepping out, then suddenly begin to soar toward broad new horizons.
Invitation to Spread Your Wings
These beautiful lyrics continue to...
 

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Mentation, Brain Health

Brain Health
Mentation, or brain health, is the second blog in this series about What Matters Most for your healthcare. Inspired by an article from NextAvenue , What Matters, Mentation, Medication, and Mobility. These are a part of the Age Friendly Health Systems initiative of the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Mentation, or brain...
 

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The Light of Hope

Many residents in our community seek to live fully each day by focusing their energy on the light of hope. Addressing the joys and challenges of aging while living toward hope takes courage and tenacity.
Walking the Walk, Talking the Talk
I have developed deep admiration for a resident who moved here about eight months ago. Rev. Paul Deppen, a...
 

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Community of Saints

Our assisted living community celebrated the life of one of our beloved residents a few weeks ago.  Preparing for worship, I thought about how a community of saints can impacts the lives of all its members. A saint’s enduring goodness is built upon the memories of other beloved members. It celebrates the care and kindness of its current residents and...
 

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Welcoming Strangers

Welcoming strangers is central to the Judeo-Christian tradition. It widens a circle of community with others. To include those we do not yet know creates opportunities to meet, greet and expand our understanding of others. This concept is grounded in the ancient Jewish understanding of shalom. The Biblical concept of shalom embraces a communal sense of mind, body and spiritual...
 

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Health and Wellness

Access to affordable, high-quality healthcare is one of the greatest social justice issues facing our nation. An essential aspect of addressing health and wellness begins with individuals understanding their own rights and responsibilities. The most effective way to maneuver through the healthcare process is to seek knowledgeable community resources and support.
Personal Responsibility
In my past life, as a home...
 

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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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Hope Begins Advent Journey

As the days grow shorter, it is an ancient practice to ground the journey toward the divine in hope. The Christian church marks the beginning of the church year with the first Sunday in the season of Advent. Christians mark the four-week journey that begins this coming Sunday by lighting a weekly candle. Additional candles...
 

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Compassionately Embracing Abundant Life

Today's blog is the first of several in a series of reflections on the 2018 Annual Symposium of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging. Dr. Ira Byock was the keynote speaker. He is the founder and chief medical officer of the Providence Institute for Human Caring. Ira has developed an enhanced “new normal” in whole-person compassionate care.

Beginning...
 

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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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