Mobility matters. We may live in a mobile culture, but being mobile — navigating the space around us — is more fundamental. This navigation began from the time we rolled, skootched, crawled and walked away from our parent’s arms as young children. Once we master walking or skootching or crawling or even rolling with wheeled devices, we gain confidence and...
Mentation, 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 M
edication, and M
obility. 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...
LISTEN UP: Hearing What Matters Most to Our Care As We Age
The population of the United States is aging. A 2017 study
found that “within just a couple decades, older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history." As the number of older adults in our country and around the world rises, we are find an increased use in the term “age friendly.”...
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...
Hope as a Journey
Assessing for Hope
As a chaplain working with older adults in long-term care, part of my call is to complete spiritual assessments with residents. In obtaining their spiritual histories, I use the HOPE model
. The tool allows me to talk with residents about what brings them hope and joy among other things. When a resident arrives to the community,...
Birth of a New Community
A Community's Birth
Communities of people are fluid. We change houses or jobs, get a promotion at work or join a church. Years later, some may choose to move into a retirement home. In each of these instances, we experience new community. As people move into Pilgrim Manor, they immediately become aware of entering a different lifestyle. As they make...
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...
What Does Age Have to Do with It?
The Impact of Clergy Age on Churches
When I was ordained back in 1981, I accepted the call to serve St. Andrew’s UCC, a small congregation in the old industrial city of Reading, Pennsylvania. I was following a beloved, long-tenured pastor who had served for 27 years there. I was 26 years old at that time. When the local newspaper...
Small Groups: Big Connections
Connecting Through Small Groups: A Story
Last week, at the continuing care retirement community where I serve, the speaker for our senior class group that day called two minutes before class was to start and canceled. With a room full of residents waiting on the speaker, I told them she was unable to come. Rather than disbanding the group on...
I Will Remember for You Now…Until You Remember
My mom was diagnosed with vascular dementia several years ago, and she has had increasing memory problems. Mom is one of close to six million people living with dementia in the United States. Last Thanksgiving, Mom struggled to remember which grandchild was in each of her three daughters’ families. So, we took a family picture and labeled it with our...