I am so touched by the generosity and encouragement of so many of you for the Hymns for Alzheimer's project! After only three weeks, the GoFundMe fundraiser is more than halfway to my goal. Thank you, thank you! If you'd still like to contribute something, please know that ANY amount is helpful and deeply appreciated. Find … Continue reading Hymns for Alzheimer’s recordings: update and samples
At long last ... I've finally launched the GoFundMe page for the Hymns for Alzheimer's Project! I started dreaming about this project months ago, so it's a little surreal to see it starting to become reality. My first team of musicians and I recorded a preliminary set of 15 songs last week, which was a … Continue reading It’s on! Hymns for Alzheimer’s Fundraiser
Hello friends! Everything is lined up for my music project: creating free downloadable hymn singalongs for elders with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Very exciting! My current budget is $4,000 for the entire project. Check out my GoFundMe page to contribute. FAQ Why did you start this fundraiser? While doing this chaplain work, I realized that there … Continue reading Hymns for Alzheimer’s: Fundraiser FAQ
Jump straight to my questions 🙂 I am super, super excited because I am finally getting closer to my dream project: creating a large cache of MP3 hymn recordings specifically for elders with Alzheimer's and other dementias. I've been dreaming about this project for some time. As I've been developing Spiritual ElderCare, I've realized that … Continue reading Need your feedback! Favorite hymns for elders?
Forgive me: I have been AWOL for quite a while ... but now I'm returning with renewed energy and vision for growing Spiritual ElderCare resources in 2018. Top of my list: creating downloadable, singalong hymns specifically arranged for people with Alzheimer's and dementia. This will be a BIG undertaking! I'm doing my research right now, … Continue reading Ash Wednesday, Lent, and Easter worship services for elders with dementia
Just under the wire: I finally got a chance to upload the Advent season worship services. I'm so excited about these! I love the chance to celebrate this beautiful season of hope, love, joy, and peace with elders. And we always love singing the classic Christmas hymns. Speaking of hymns: I also created a special … Continue reading Happy Advent! Worship services for elders with dementia
If you're in the Boulder, CO, area, here's a heads up: I'm giving a "Roots" (55+ Sunday School) talk this coming Sunday, October 22, 10:45am, at First Presbyterian Church. We'll be meeting upstairs in Geneva Room 270. My subject (no surprise) is: Spiritual Elder Care: How to Minister to People with Alzheimer's and Other Dementias. … Continue reading Upcoming talk: Sun., Oct 22, First Pres Boulder, 10:45am
Chip Gaines, half of the now-famous "Fixer Upper" couple (who are just as cute as can be), created a cool contest, called #ChipStarter, to fund people's audacious dreams. I figured, hey, I have a dream ... why not enter? So I took the plunge and submitted a video and description for my dream of creating … Continue reading #ChipStarter: Music for elders with Alzheimer’s
How do elders with little to no cognitive ability access spiritual truths?
This week's eldercare worship service focused on compassion, especially as seen in the life of Mother Teresa, whose birthday was August 27. I often focus these services on some aspect of the life of faith. For this service, I printed out a large photo of Mother Teresa and held it up, asking "I wonder if … Continue reading Compassion and Mother Teresa