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...
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.
People First: Residents Living with Dementia
I have attention deficit disorder and high blood pressure. I do not want people to introduce me as an ADD and high blood pressure chaplain. My mother developed vascular dementia due to cardiac problems following surgery. I do not want people to refer to my mom as a dementia person. We all have symptoms, disorders, even diseases, but they don’t...
Spiritual Practices: Aging, Forgiveness
Would you believe me if I told you that elders are generally more likely to forgive than the rest of us? It might sound backwards on first hearing, especially in light of the stereotypes that are so often attached to elder Americans. How often are elders depicted as cantankerous, set in their ways, bitter or downright grumpy? Think of
Giving Voice to LGBTQ Older Adults Conference
Gen Silent conference set for April 14
COLUMBUS — Ohio groups advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) older adults are joining efforts for the Columbus premier of Gen Silent
, a film that explores the unique challenges faced by LGBT seniors as they navigate healthcare and housing needs, at North Congregational UCC. The documentary by award-winning director and...
Tax Reform Needs Response Now
Tax reform is on a fast track for a vote before Christmas. There are many details in the House and Senate versions to be reconciled. Four major proposals could potentially affect the ministry of United Church Homes and the lives of older adults:
- Elimination of medical expense deduction on Schedule A. Many of our residents rely on this offset to their bills...
LGBT Aging: Rooted in Compassion, Respect
Most people assume that LGBT people are young. Rarely do we think about those whose lifetimes have been lived in and out of secrecy trying to conform to society’s norms. LGBT aging is a concern for millions of people and the issue will only grow. It is estimated there are approximately 2.7 million LGBT adults age 50 and older in...
Abundance: An Essential Part of Aging
Three years ago, the Board of Directors of United Church Homes, along with the executive leadership team, and select staff and residents from one of our senior living communities met to begin a process to develop a new vision, mission and core values statement. As a faith-based organization, it was fitting that the facilitator began with a biblical text as...