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.
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...
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...
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...
Diversity in Wholeness
Honoring the United Church Homes mission
to transform Aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace has challenged me to reflect upon our residents’ diverse understanding of what constitutes the meaning of wholeness within their lives. Some people may identify the role of family and friends, while others find a deeper meaning in their faith. Others listen...
Essentials of Aging Heroes
Aging heroes are those who go ahead of us. They include the increasing number of elders who are actively engaged in society. One common attribute of aging heroes is they make a difference by sharing their expertise and life experiences with others. We have invited our blog contributors to look around their communities, their families and friends and share those...
Memories of a Dear Friend
Remembrances and tributes shared this week after the death
of Barbara Bush reminded me of the inspiration, support and blessings that I have received on my own life journey. Reflecting on those who have made a difference in my life, I give thanks for my dear friend, Adell M. Kleinecke.
The Legacy of Adell Kleinecke
Adell was born in...
Say What? Dining Services
“Dinner’s ready” is a simple phrase that embraces a powerful invitation to celebrate the central formative nature of our relationships. This time of breaking bread and sharing the cup has created opportunities throughout history and our lifespans to strengthen family and community connections, share the gift of time and develop a sense of belonging. This dinner tradition stimulates conversation around...
Simple acts of kindness, whether generously given or thankfully received, impact people in very different ways. Some seem stunned, while others immediately respond with an act of kindness in return. No doubt you have seen, received and offered practiced acts of kindness yourself. In the late 1990s, I bought a small rehab house in Ohio City. Saturday morning trips to...