Why is spiritual care for elders with dementia so rare?

I've been pondering why I don't see very much spiritual care happening for people with Alzheimer's and dementia. Despite research that seniors with dementia value and benefit from spiritual care, I haven't come across very many people or places that actually provide it. Why? There are probably numerous reasons, but I think the main disconnect … Continue reading Why is spiritual care for elders with dementia so rare?

New Bible studies and worship services for elders with dementia and Alzheimer’s

I've enjoyed a different work rhythm this week (mostly because my editing work hit a lull), so I've updated Spiritual ElderCare with new Bible studies and worship services I created over the past several weeks. I hope these give you some direction as you seek to meet the spiritual needs of elders. I also reformatted … Continue reading New Bible studies and worship services for elders with dementia and Alzheimer’s

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