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  • Age Of Opportunity


    A companion to the author’s earlier book Designing an Older Adult Ministry (Discipleship Resources, 1999), this book will provide new information and outline ways to develop and strengthen ministries by, with, and for older adults that can, and will, enhance the spiritual growth and well-being of people of all ages. The church is beginning to recognize that there are vast numbers of older people in its membership. It is becoming aware of its indebtedness to them for the leadership, support, service, and faith that has made the church of today possible. The church is uniquely positioned to help older adults respond to the challenges of aging; to see the tremendous potentialities in the lives of older adult for making the church and community better; and to assist older people as they experience new meaning and purpose in their later lives. Chapters include “Why Older-Adult Ministries?”; “Understanding the Aging Process”; “Aging and the Spiritual Journey”; “The New Seniors: Boomers?”; “Intentional Ministry by, with, and for Older Adults”; “Organizing for Intentional Ministry in the Local Church”; “Organizing for Intentional Ministry in the Conference”; “Congregational Care Ministry”; “Additional Ideas for Intentional Ministry”; and “Trends in Aging.” Appendixes include a “Facts about Aging” quiz, information on creating and using older adult surveys, and suggested resources for further reading and study.

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  • Season Of Grace


    Every season of our lives is filled with God’s grace, but the aging process can cause believers to lose sight of the gifts that God offers each day. This book of seventy-five reflections can help older adults to remember all that God is doing in their lives, even as they adjust to new realities. Many of the reflections include stories about people who find deeper meaning in life as they age as well as those who discover new gifts from God and other gifts being renewed. Each reflection ends with a beautiful, heartfelt prayer. This is an encouraging and uplifting book that will bring joy to the hearts of its readers, giving them hope that God is always with them, even in difficult times.

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  • Joys Of Getting Older


    “A straightforward, clear-cut how-to book for putting a spark (or two!) back into your life. It truly describes the magical beauty to be found in the twilight years.” –Yule Biyung, author and inspirational speaker

    “An inspirational look at the beauty found within the Circle of Life.” -The Times

    Thomas and Cindy Senior are the best-selling husband-and-wife team who authored Retiring Gracefully and Senior Sex: How to Rekindle the Sizzle in Your Bedroom. In The Joys of Getting Older the tradition of their previous books, they have collected all their best advice and share their insights into how you can lead a happy and energetic life after reaching “that certain age.” The Seniors are living out their dream retirement in sunny Florida, where hurricanes and theme parks provide routine stimulation in their lives.

    And not surprisingly, in the pages of this telling tome, readers will find 120 blank pages. Because in reality, getting older sucks!

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  • Boomer Spirituality : Seven Values For The Second Half Of Life


    Part One: Spiritual Roots
    1. Brokenness
    2. Loneliness
    3. Rootlessness
    4. Self-Seeking
    Part Two: The Search For God
    5. Godliness
    6. Supernaturalism
    7. Wholeness

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    As the boomer generation navigates dramatic change as it ages, it will be informed by a unique spirituality that was forged in the tumultuous years of the 1960s and 1970s. If you are a boomer, you are sure to be reminded of the events and experiences that had an impact on you when you were young. If you are the child of a boomer, this book will help you understand why your parents act the way they do. If you are creating ministry for this generation, this will be your guide to the way boomers view the world and look toward the future.

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  • At The Crossroads


    Discover your purpose, passion, and mission for your retirement years. In recent years we have been hearing our church members ask, “What do I need to do to be ready for retirement? I want the next part of my life to the best. I want to make a significant difference!”

    As many as 10,000 men and women are retiring each day but many dislike and are anxious about the idea of retirement; they very much would like to be redirected or redeployed to a life in retirement years that is meaningful and significant. Yet, transitioning into retirement without adequate planning can be very frustrating, confusing and stressful for almost everyone.

    For too many there may be an unfortunate lack of purpose, significance and identity. We have seen many people who really are at the prime of their life miss out on opportunities that bring fulfillment and joy. This six week study can offer hope and help! We hear of too many stories about friends and neighbors that fall into a retirement syndrome that may lead to distress, anxiety, depression, divorce, poor health, and even suicide. Many more worry about the increased costs of health care and financial resources necessary to sustain a long life.

    Will the Boomer Generation become a burden or a blessing to our global society? This Bible based six week small group study offers a very positive and encouraging outcome.

    By following biblical principles from the lives of Moses, Abraham, Elijah, Nehemiah, Jesus and Paul, as well as other encouraging Bible passages, participants can discover their purpose, passion, and mission for their retirement years.

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  • Stepping Aside Moving Ahead


    Henri Nouwen’s statement that too many clergy are “lonely ministers practicing lonely ministry” can be amplified in the years leading up to and immediately following retirement. Although there are books about retirement in general, clergy have unique personal and professional dimensions to retiring. Stepping Aside, Moving Ahead provides a clergy-oriented context. The author begins with letters from clergy nearing retirement about the issues they are facing and structures the book in the following way: Opening Letters from clergy Foundations (the formative dynamics that create a good retirement) Movements (the formative transitions that lead to a good retirement) Actions (the specific behaviors that produce a good retirement) Outcomes (the attitudes which emerge from a good retirement)

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  • God Me And Being Very Old


    Death and dying are a constant presence in the life and work of care homes. Residents stay, on average, around 20 months (nursing homes) or 36 months(residential/social care homes/assisted living) and die there. The care home is therefore the setting for the last major event of each residents life. Yet these experiences of the very old at the close of their lives have received remarkably little attention either in practice or in research. Nor have churches and theologians given their oldest members anything like the concern for their spiritual wellbeing that they give to the young. The heart of this book will aim to give voice to something similar from some of the oldest old as they reflect on their pilgrimage of faith from the perspective of extreme old age (over 90). In particular the authors explore what this perspective has to say to the other members of their faith communities, particularly in terms of the things that are seen as being of importance and value. The particular significance of reflections arising from the experience of approaching death will be explored. This is one area where religious thinking is often out of step with contemporary imagery and language.

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  • I Love Growing Older But Ill Never Grow Old


    Growing older is a process. Growing old is a conclusion. If you’re growing older you see some hope because you have perspective and you keep learning. If you’ve grown old, you may cynically think that times have never been as bas as they are now, and that they can only get worse.

    This book is about learning how to “make peace with where you are right now.” It’s about learning from the past and then moving past it. It’s about growing – personally, spiritually, and in our relationships with God and with others. If we think properly about growing older we’ll never have to grow old.

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  • Joy Boosters : 120 Ways To Encourage Older Adults


    Missy Buchanan is back with another book that will surely be welcomed by families, churches, and others wanting to encourage older adults. Her passion and sensitivity to the needs of elderly persons shine through in this practical volume packed with simple, creative ways to increase the joy of older adults.

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  • Chicken Soup For The Grandmas Soul


    Whether you’re a veteran grandma or a Nana-to-be, this collection of stories will warm your heart and make you laugh about the universal experiences of being a grandmother.

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  • Pilgrimage Into The Last Third Of Life


    From age 60 to 90 and beyond, people face a time of special challenges and opportunities to draw closer to God. This book offers readers Bible-based meditations that address 7 tasks essential to living the last third of life with purpose. Inspiring topics covered include facing limitations, continuing spiritual growth, and leaving a legacy.

    Helpful reflection questions make this book suitable for group use or for personal growth.

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  • Vision For The Aging Church


    James M. Houston and Michael Parker believe now is the time for the church to offer ministry to its increasing numbers of seniors and to benefit from ministry they can offer. They issue an urgent call to reconceive the place and part of the elderly in the local congregation, showing that seniors aren’t the problem–they are the solution.

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  • Shaping A Life Of Significance For Retirement


    Retired engineer Jack Hansen and spiritual formation leader Jerry Haas explore the transitions, opportunities, and challenges of facing retirement through a series of interviews with persons facing and in retirement. It is about the more personal dimensions of the transition from working full time to retirement, including relationships, feelings of self-worth and purpose, and spiritual and intellectual growth.

    Taken as a whole, the conversations and interactions with retirees suggest an exciting and challenging picture of retirement. This time of life can be one of significant personal growth. It can also be an opportunity for further contribution to one’s professional field or the investment of one’s talents and experience in volunteer capacities. It is also clear that moving from full-time work to retirement involves important and sometimes painful adjustments in key relationships and in sources of self worth. With some attention and effort, however, these are usually worked through successfully in early retirement years.

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  • No Act Of Love Is Ever Wasted (Large Type)


    There are five million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s disease, and nearly 10 million loved ones caring for them.

    Addressing the concerns of these elders and their caregivers is a matter of increasing importance. Relying on their many years of experience in this area, Thibault and Morgan offer this book to provide a fresh, hopeful model of dealing with life and death in the realm of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

    Caregivers have two basic needs:

    *affirmation that caregiving is not in vain
    *reassurance that the lives of those for whom they care are not being lived in vain
    Care receivers need more than medical attention; they need tender care, involvement in the community, and a sense of connection with a loving God. When patient and caregiver regard this shared experience as a “mutual spiritual path,” each plays a role in deepening the spiritual life of the other.

    No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted is an excellent resource for individuals caring for loved ones as well as for counselors, support group leaders, pastors and other professionals. In addition to offering practical ways to help, this book serves as a reminder that every act of love brings positive transformation to the recipient, to the giver and to the world.

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  • Alzheimers Depression And Dementia


    What would you do if your spouse, or anyone close to you, suddenly developed Alzheimer’s, Depression, and Dementia? Can you imagine how this would change your life-and the life of the one you love? This book tells how one couple faced this situation. It started as a daily journal with the idea that it would be very private and a short-term journal till his wife came home where they could live a normal life again. She was in a hospital first and then in a nursing home. She was away from home for almost ten months. Her husband took her out from the nursing home as often as possible. Sometimes they were able to spend a few hours at their home. Then she was able to go home where she lived with her husband for a little over two and a half years. This was a total of almost three and a half years from the beginning of her illness till the date of her death. D L Bennett, who compiled these notes, says he just wrote it like they lived it.

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  • Alzheimers Depression And Dementia


    What would you do if your spouse, or anyone close to you, suddenly developed Alzheimer’s, Depression, and Dementia? Can you imagine how this would change your life-and the life of the one you love? This book tells how one couple faced this situation. It started as a daily journal with the idea that it would be very private and a short-term journal till his wife came home where they could live a normal life again. She was in a hospital first and then in a nursing home. She was away from home for almost ten months. Her husband took her out from the nursing home as often as possible. Sometimes they were able to spend a few hours at their home. Then she was able to go home where she lived with her husband for a little over two and a half years. This was a total of almost three and a half years from the beginning of her illness till the date of her death. D L Bennett, who compiled these notes, says he just wrote it like they lived it.

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  • Living With Purpose In A Worn Out Body (Large Type)


    Buchanan fosters empathy for and expresses the deepest concerns of the frail elderly without tap-dancing around the tough issues. Forty-two short, comforting devotionals offer much-needed spiritual encouragement to the once-vibrant who now cope with daily limitations and failing health.

    The devotions are written in the first person, allowing readers to speak directly to God about the pills they take, the walkers they need to be mobile, the ambulances that take away their friends. Supporting scriptures from the New Testament and Psalms are included with each meditation. Buchanan writes to the experiences of lifelong Christians as well as elderly non-believers who are thinking anew about God.

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  • Colorful Memories : Aging With Style


    How do we come to appreciate the beauty of maturing beyond our youthful years? This book informs us that aging should not be catastrophic event for us. It is vital reading for seniors and others who seek to understand what happens to us as we age and how aging provides new challenges and opportunities to live the abundant life.

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  • Called For Life


    Called for Life reflects on our calling to serve God and neighbor in the context of retirement. People facing retirement ask a variety of questions, each framed by a different perspective. “Will I ever be interested in retiring?” some baby boomers ask. “Who am I now?” newly retired clergy ask. “What, if anything, is God calling me to do and be after retirement?” all inquire.

    This book is built on the assumption that most people don’t want to spend the last third of their lives doing nothing. What they want is a life that is worth living, an occupation that will help others, a retirement in which they can continue to exercise their calling. Clayton uses examples from his own experience and from others, laity and clergy, to explore retirement and the three components of our calling: our identity, our gifts, and our occupation. He also examines the role of community in our calling and retirement; the challenges of the transition into retirement; options for meaningful activity; the importance of identifying our purpose; doing and being in retirement; and the final call to death. Readers will be encouraged to see retirement as an opportunity to do what they have always wanted to do and to become the kind of person they have wanted to be.

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  • Some Things You Just Have To Live With


    Everybody figures it out sooner or later: Even in a Botox world that promises eternal youth, some things-from aches and pains to wrinkles, from menopause to the empty nest-you just have to live with. But despite the challenges, those who are reaching middle age-yesterday’s Baby Boomers-might not want to turn back the clock. Instead, as their bodies change and their priorities shift, they’re looking to cull wisdom from their experience and find spiritual meaning in their re-examined lives. In Some Things You Just Have to Live With, author Barbara Cawthorne Crafton explores the “spilled milk” of our lives, the physical changes our bodies endure, and the new and energizing purpose we can discover by plunging into the middle of life in a deeper-and sometimes mystifying-relationship with God. A wonderful storyteller, Crafton writes with humor and pathos rather than a heavy hand, allowing readers to see themselves and their own lives in the unfolding pages. Some Things You Just Have to Live With is a source of inspiration-and smiles-to those navigating the turbulent waters of the middle of life.

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  • Long Distance Grandma


    According to an AARP survey, 45 percent of grandparents report that the primary barrier to seeing their grandchildren is the physical distance that separates them. Yet, the desire to communicate is strong. Janet Teitsort, a long-distance grandma herself, comes to the rescue with a year’s worth of ideas to remain close even when the miles divide. Among her numerous ideas are art projects, recipes, and simple gifts that keep hearts knitted together. Whether children are toddlers or collegiates, Teitsort offers a cornucopia of connection possibilities including a strong recommendation for grandparents to embrace technology with ideas involving audiotape, videotape, email, and the internet. As the grandparent population swells with Baby Boomers, this book is truly timely.

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  • 10 Gospel Promises For Later Life (Large Type)


    “May you live to be 120!” This old Jewish birthday blessing leads to a question Jane Marie Thibault regularly asks attendees at her workshops and retreats: Would you accept the gift of 120 years with joy and gratefulness, or would your response depend on your circumstances?

    As Thibault is now an older adult herself and has been working with older adults as a clinical gerontologist for nearly 30 years, she has been confronted by the challenge many older adults face in relating to the message of the Gospel in this later season of life.

    The material for 10 Gospel Promises for Later Life emerged as Thibault began to explore questions spawned by this blessing and compiled a list of ten challenges aging presents and the fears that accompany these challenges: fear of being left alone at the end of life, fear of not being good enough to go to heaven, fear of being a burden to others, fear that there’s nothing to live for now that the best years are over, difficulty believing in an afterlife, regretting missed opportunities to use talents, fear that it’s too late to fix relationships, feeling unneeded, wishing life had been different, and fear of extended suffering.

    Thibault then took these fears to the Gospel in a spirit of prayer and meditation. As she read she asked whether the Gospel speaks to the fears of aging, whether there is any good news in the “Good News” for older adults, and whether aging as a Christian is different from aging in secular society. The message she found is that Jesus offers the promise of abundant life to the older adult. Some of the Gospel promises that emerged were:
    *We are the beloved children of God the good parent.
    *We have a mission and purpose that is lifelong.
    *As spiritual siblings, we are interdependent upon each other for mutual care and assistance.
    *Powerlessness is powerful.
    *All that is, is gift, and God will continue to provide for us.
    *Forgiveness is offered to us, but it must be shared.
    *Suffering can have meaning for ourselves and others.
    *Renewal is necessary for life; it is never too late to grow in wisdom and grace.
    *Death is not the end of life.
    *We will never be left alone; Christ is with us always.

    In each chapter Thibault addresses a particular fear, giving an example of how it has affected the daily life of a person in a negative way. She then presents a response, a promise of the Gospel. After examining the promise and discussing how it provides a message of hope in later life, she p

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  • Evangelism In Retirement Homes


    Plundering hell and populating Heaven with Evangelism in Retirement Homes are truly rewarding. God loves all of His people and wills each one to live above and not beneath. Yet, often the elderly who live with disabilities or who are just too old to live alone in their own homes are forgotten by society. It is so awesome to visit the folks, lead them to their Savior, and pray for their healing, and then to see their very countenances change and joy fill their hearts. To hear them say, “Thank you for coming!” is heartwarming. Doing a “Retirement Home Blitz”will make you hunger and thirst to go to all the facilities in your area to reap the harvest. We pray this book will be a help to your ministry as you reach out to the elderly as never before-for such a time as this.

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  • Gift Of Grandparenting


    Each of the ten reflections in The Gift of Grandparenting focuses on opportunities for sharing the gifts that each generation holds for the other – opportunities to play, to teach, to grow, to trust, to serve, to limit, to heal, to remember, to love, and to dance. Softcover, 188 pages.

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  • Far Out Grandparents


    This book is written primarily for grandparents who must live apart from their grandchildren. It is a compilation of more than 700 activities that can help bridge the distance gap and keep alive the “growing together” that makes life rich and meaningful.

    It is addressed to “far-out grandparents,” but it will serve well the “at home” grandparents, parents, and other family members who work at the process of maintaining a warm and caring role in the lives of their children and grandchildren.

    Read with a highlighter in hand! You’ll run across dozens, perhaps hundreds, of “eureka” ideas. Mark them now. Use them anytime. Build a bridge of love that connects the family both now and in the futur

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  • Power Of A Godly Grandparent


    14 Chapters

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    You may or may not have material wealth to leave your grandchildren, but you have a rich heritage to pass on.

    Give your grandchildren the power of unconditional love. Give your grandchildren the power of your own testimony of faith, and show them how God will be faithful through the coming generations. Give your grandchildren the power of your prayers. Give your grandchildren a spiritual legacy.

    Whether your grandchildren live across the country, down the street, or down, the hall, Stephen and Janet Bly will show you how to be a grandparent your grandkids can count on.

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  • Forgetting Whose We Are


    FORGETTING WHOSE WE ARE by David Keck Compassionate and theological response to questions of identity and humanity posed by Alzheimer’s disease.

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  • When Our Parents Need Us Most


    Your parents are entering their senior years. How can you, as a caregiver:

    *help them face retirement?
    *assist them in financial decision making?
    *handle your own emotions while “parenting” your parent?
    *cope with sickness and physical changes?
    *encourage them to reflect on their spiritual lives?

    Dr. McKenna speaks powerfully from his own experiences with four aging parents, two of whom lived in his home. He offers comfort and guidelines for times of transition, and explores in everyday terms the biblical meaning of caregiving.

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  • Fire In The Soul


    1. Discerning God’s Call At Retirement
    2. Moving To Deeper Contemplation
    3. Accepting Our Aging
    4. Discerning The Meaning Of Our Stories
    5. Mentoring The Next Generations
    6. Facing Loss And Death
    7. Redeeming Suffering

    Additional Info
    Fire in the Soul is a sourcebook of prayers and reflection for a variety of occasions and for many different kinds of users: older adults themselves, those ministering to older adults, and those just beginning to grapple with the reality of aging-all of us who desire to become emblazoned with the fire of God’s blessing of one hundred twenty years.

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  • Engaging In Ministry With Older Adults


    As America’s population ages, congregations are called to minister to today’s older adults in new, creative, and engaging ways. Carlson draws on her extensive experience in working with older adults in secular and religious settings. Readers will discover the issues involved in engaging older adults in the ministry of their congregation, as well as in meeting their needs. Explore the possibilities and new directions in “engaging the aging” through examples of what others are doing successfully. Each chapter’s “Points to Ponder” helps committees or study groups discover the issues and needs; an extensive appendix lists organizational and print resources.

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  • Very Present Help (Student/Study Guide)


    Having found a strong correlation between themes in the psalms and the personal and spiritual issues that older adults deal with everyday, Miriam Dunson selects ten of the best-known psalms for in-depth studies exploring issues of particular concern to older people. She opens avenues for study and reflection by including in each chapter a discussion of the psalm’s background, its meaning, and how it relates to the lives of older persons.

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  • Catch The Age Wave


    1. The Church Of Tomorrow
    2. The Senior Surge
    3. Developing A Christian View Of Life And Aging
    4. Ageism – Is It Real In The Church?
    5. New Beginnings For Your Senior Adult Group
    6. Target-Group Evangelism
    7. Practice Oikos Evangelism
    8. Incorporate Newcomers
    9. Establish A Small-Group Network
    10. Stimulate Spiritual Growth
    11. Provide Recreational, Social, And Physical Activities
    12. Stimulate Intellectual Development
    13. Make It Happen
    184 Pages

    Additional Info
    Senior adult ministry isn’t what it used to be. The comfortable assumptions and recycled programs that were the basis for local church ministry are being challenged. Baby boomers are hitting middle age and retirement. And their own parents are living longer. Authors Win and Charles Arn have updated and supplemented Catch The Age Wave with ideas, examples, and advice to help the local church leader start and maintain a senior adult program. In addition, they have added practical program ideas to use in any local church setting. New challenges for a new day. Catch the Age Wave won’t let you miss the boat.

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  • Heart Of Wisdom


    We all are growing older. A Heart of Wisdom shows us how to understand and meet the challenges of our own process of aging-and the aging of those we care about-from a Jewish perspective, from midlife through the elder years.
    How does Jewish tradition influence our own aging? What are the tasks and the meaning of aging? How does being Jewish inform our relationships with the elderly? How does living, thinking and worshipping as a Jew affect us as we age? How can Jewish tradition help us retain our dignity as we age?
    Over 40 contributors-people who themselves are dealing with the unique life passages that aging brings; their loved ones; and the rabbis, social workers, and other professionals who assist them-offer their insights about the changes and new perspectives that come with aging, retiring, growing, learning, caring for elderly parents, living, and dying. By sharing experiences in direct and personal narratives, poems, ceremonies, and stories, they help us explore:
    * What traditional religious texts have to teach us about aging.
    * Ways to cherish the integrity of the aging process.
    * Women’s unique roles as they age in our changing society.
    * Advice for all generations on how to meet the opportunities and difficulties of aging.
    * Creative ceremonies to mark milestones in our lives and in the lives of senior citizens.
    Offering enlightenment from Jewish tradition, A Heart of Wisdom is not just for the middle-aged, the old or the soon-to-be old. It is for all of us.

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  • Pastoral Care Of Older Adults


    By the year 2000 more than half of mainline Protestants will be over the age of sixty. Older adults have special needs to which many pastors are not adequately prepared to minister. Pastoral Care of Older Adults addresses such problems, many of which were identified in an extensive survey of clergy. The book provides practical guidance for parish pastors, and other counselors, to deal with such issues as Alzheimer’s disease, the chronically ill, relocation, health crises, grief, depression, anxiety, gender differences, poverty, and the issues faced by the children of older adults.

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  • Graying Gracefully : Preaching To Older Adults


    When pastors look out over their congregations, there’s a good chance that they see a lot of gray hair. This book gives practical instruction and examples of biblical and theological sermons to this growing population, enabling the preacher to proclaim the gospel more clearly for older adults. Covering topics from biblical and historical views of age to older adults’ need for social justice, each chapter concentrates on the practical issues for preaching to this group and contains a sermon to illustrate the application of the principles discussed.

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  • Aging Comes Of Age


    SKU (ISBN): 9780664251888ISBN10: 0664251889Frank HutchinsonBinding: Trade PaperPublished: April 1991Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press Print On Demand Product

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