Dad: My First Aging Hero
Growing up, I always knew that I was different from my friends. My parents were quite a bit older than most of theirs. In fact, my dad was 57 and my mother 40 when I was born. My dad would tell a story about sitting in the labor and delivery waiting room with all the young fathers-to-be. Someone apparently asked...
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...
Curious Nature of Aging
As we reflect on some of our aging heroes
in these weeks in May and June, I am aware that one of the traits of the people on my list have a common thread: they are all curious. They include individuals who like to continue to learn and try new things and wonder about other people and cultures and...
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...
Spirituality of Gratitude
When I was a new pastor visiting congregational members in the hospital, I was surprised when some would deny pain or brush aside comfort. Instead, they would say, “I’m just grateful I have life,” even though they were grappling with cancer, serious diseases or debilitating pain. At first, I viewed their gratitude suspiciously. Was it just a pat answer to...
Wow! The Spirituality of Wonder
I was driving home last week and was awestruck by a winter sunset. My breath hitched and I gasped, “Wow!” as my eyes traced the purple, orange and pink clouds swirling in an intricate dance. For a few minutes, my mind quieted from review of the day, plans for dinner and the latest divisive and adversarial talk coming from Washington,...
The Spiritual Practice of Creativity
In her article Top 10 Spiritual Practices for Older Adults Living at Retirement or Long-Term Care Communities
, Nancy Gordon notes
, “For many, spirituality is the core of who they are and their way of being in the world.” She goes on to discuss “spiritual practices that can deepen our awareness of the essential spiritual part of life and provide frameworks...
Just Keep Moving: Exercise as a Spiritual Practice
Do you remember Virginia McLaurin, the 106-year-old woman who danced with joy while meeting President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama? It was surely one of the more memorable personal moments
recorded during the Obama presidency. Virginia smiles, dances and scurries across the Oval Office with an energy most people are surprised to see in a 106 year...
Just breathe! Breathing along with the beat of one’s heart is an essential, natural phenomenon. It is miraculously and divinely hard-wired within the brainstem at the base of the brain. It is consistent with life from the moment of birth, as evidenced by an amazing deep inhalation followed by a blessedly loud, responsive exhaling cry that celebrates a new beginning....