Palm Sunday and Good Friday worship services for elders with dementia

If you’re a chaplain or activities director at a senior community — or if you have a loved one who lives there — you might want to check out two new Spiritual ElderCare worship services for Palm Sunday and Good Friday (yes, just under the wire!), suitable for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

This is the most profound time of year for Christians of all denominations, and I’m excited to lead these services myself. I encourage you to offer it for your seniors as well. The services are straightforward — in fact, the Good Friday content is basically a recitation of Christ’s passion from the gospel of Matthew — but they are an important lead-up to the glorious celebration of Easter Sunday.

You can download a ready-to-use hymnal here that follows the SEC services using ElderSong recorded hymns. Or use your own lineup with downloaded songs. HymnPod offers dozens of downloadable hymns and lyrics (listed alphabetically), though you’ll have to lead the actual singing (there’s no voice accompaniment). Worship Service Resources offers an excellent downloadable sing-along hymn collection called Hymns of the Cross, complete with voice accompaniment, that are perfect for the Lent and Easter season. I love these options because they’re simple: no fancy orchestral arrangements or performance frills, just beautiful piano music that’s easy to follow.

Blessings on you and your elders during this holy season.

Peace be with you,

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Photo credit: Anuraj RV

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