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Church celebrations for elders with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, from the first Sunday of Advent through Christmas Eve and Epiphany.
Videos of 80+ dementia-friendly hymns with lyrics, plus numerous, full-length nondenominational church services.
Ready-to-print, large-font songbooks for the classic hymns and spirituals, with or without page numbers.
Services from Ash Wednesday through Easter and Pentecost, designed especially for elders with dementia.
Numerous nondenominational services on biblical themes such as loyalty, friendship, wisdom, faith, and family.
Church services related to federal and common holidays, such as Mother’s and Father’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day.
Browse Services Alphabetically
Advent: Epiphany (Gifts)
Ash Wednesday Preparation (if not celebrating on Wednesday)
Compassion (Mother Teresa’s birthday, Aug. 26)
Dignity (Black History Month)
Discovery (Columbus Day / Indigenous People’s Day)
Honor (Veterans’ Day)
July 4 (Security; U.S. Independence Day)
Justice (Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday)
Sacrifice (Memorial Day / Remembrance Day)
Security (July 4, U.S. Independence Day)
Service (Christ the King Sunday)
Transformation (Transfiguration Sunday)
Treasure (Chinese New Year)
Nondenominational Worship Service: Items You May Want to Use
Links below are simply to give you an idea of what I’m talking about; I am not endorsing any particular brand or product.
- Raised bedside table to serve as an “altar.”
- Colored cloth (to cover the table) that corresponds to a liturgical calendar; typically, that means green for Ordinary Time, white or purple for Christmas, purple or red for Lent, and so on.
- Freestanding, unbreakable cross (i.e., metal or wood).
- Traditional-looking Bible.
- Electric candles (I use votive size so they don’t overwhelm the table).
- Bluetooth speaker to amplify the hymn recordings (I have the recordings on my iPhone).
- Copies of lyrics to create a songbook for whatever hymns you choose.
- Small singing bowl for end of service (closing blessing).