The second half of life -- which we can enter at any age -- is that time when we begin the tasks essential to a mature faith: discovering who we are, exploring our relationship with God, and beginning to let go. Guenther brings her insights as a spiritual director to all who are on this journey to "holy ground." Includes a chapter on ministry with the aged.
New ways to develop and strengthen ministries with older adults: information about the needs and life issues of older adults: tools to help congregations evaluate their current situation: models for ministry; and suggested resources.
Win and Charles Arn have updated and supplemented their classic book in an effort to provide ideas, examples, and advice for starting and maintaining a senior adult program. In addition, they have added practical program ideas to use in any local churchsetting.
Alzheimer's disease - a degenerative disease of the central nervous system characterized especially by premature mental deterioration - is the most publicly visible and widely discussed form of a range of disorders known as senile dementia. The natureof Alzheimer's disease, especially its progressive debilitation of the memory, raises key theological issues. What does it mean to be truly human? Does our ability to remember define who we are as persons? When the mind loses its ability to remember, what happens to the life of the soul? When we forget God, does God still remember us? Forgetting Whose We Are offers a Christian understanding of and response to the difficult theological, spiritual, and pastoral problems raised ... more
Aging and Spirituality: Spiritual Dimensions of Aging Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy discusses spirituality, what it is and what it means, and how it affects the overall well-being of the aging and older population. Among other topics, this bookprovides: research data on spirituality, including findings on connections to physical and mental health; attitudes toward death and dying, and other life themes; and guidelines for professionals for integrating and assessing spirituality in practice settings, human services, and elder-related programs. This is a guide designed for gerontologists; clergy; religious educators; social workers; health care professionals; and those working with or interested in issues related ... more
This always-popular topic in the Builder series is out with more of the good stuff senior adult leaders have come to expect: sketches, poetry to recite, activity ideas, and special worship materials. Most have been created by senior adults. They have all been tried before appreciative audiences. Uses for these resources include entertainment for dinner meetings, opportunities for a congregation to become acquainted with their church seniors, retreats and Bible studies, and entries in all-church talent shows and other programs.