Back in the days before covid-19, my friend and former colleague Chad Federwitz and I were scheduled to present a talk at the American Society on Aging's annual conference. When the live event got scuttled, the organizers asked us if we'd like to present as a webinar instead. Of course we said yes! First came … Continue reading Webinar! Why and how to provide spiritual care to elders with dementia
When the road ahead looks rocky, how can we have courage?
If there's one thing that elders, including those with Alzheimer's and dementia, understand clearly, it's suffering. They have no illusions that life is easy or that God owes them happiness at all times and in all things. But they, like the rest of us, also crave reassurance that suffering is not in vain and that … Continue reading Dementia-friendly worship service: Suffering
In honor of Labor Day, this video version of a nondenominational church service focuses on the theme of work. It's designed for elders with Alzheimer's and other dementias to enjoy a familiar worship experience: lots of sing-along hymns, scriptures, and more -- but of course anyone may enjoy it. Similar to my other YouTube church … Continue reading Dementia-friendly worship service: Work
Mother Teresa inspires the theme of this weeks' YouTube church service: compassion. As always, this 48-minute nondenominational worship service is suitable for elders with Alzheimer's and other dementias. A quick note to activity directors and caregivers who may be using these videos: Please resist the temptation to start the video and leave people alone to … Continue reading Dementia-friendly worship service: Compassion