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 … Continue reading Palm Sunday and Good Friday worship services for elders with dementia

How to help a person with Alzheimer’s feel useful

It bears repeating: People with dementia aren’t “done.” They have led productive, valuable lives, and often they still love to help in whatever way they can—it's part of the human desire to feel needed and useful. "Letting" them help isn't about busywork, and your elder's usefulness isn't a fiction; tasks actually do need to be done, and … Continue reading How to help a person with Alzheimer’s feel useful

The value of humor with Alzheimer’s

You’ll notice that in many of the worship services offered on this site, I include some kind of humorous story or jokes. In addition, during bible studies I often stop and point out amusing notes that pertain to the passage, like the stinky smell of sheep (Luke 15) or the image of the persistent widow […]

Widows, orphans, and prisoners: God’s heart for elders with dementia

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction …” (James 1:27) “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them …” (Hebrews 13:3) “‘When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer, ‘Truly, I say to you, … Continue reading Widows, orphans, and prisoners: God’s heart for elders with dementia