How to use these Bible study guides

You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to lead an engaging discussion with elders. Here are some basic tips for using the Spiritual Eldercare guides. For more in-depth information, including examples of what to say, read How to Lead a Bible study for Elders with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

  1. Generally, Bible study discussions last about 30 minutes.
  2. It’s helpful to have identical Bibles for each participant. People enjoy holding a Bible (even if they no longer read), and identical versions enable everyone to refer to a page number rather than citations (e.g., “we’ll be on page 498” instead of “we’ll be looking at Luke 13”). The wonderful Gideons International donates large-print New Testament/Psalms Bibles, in either English Standard Version (ESV) or King James (KJV), to accredited senior care facilities. I recommend the ESV.
  3. Before gathering people together, place an index card in each Bible to mark the spot where you’ll be reading.
  4. If you don’t have actual Bibles, print out the passage on a single sheet of paper using 18- or 20-point type. (All of my Bible study guides already include a large-print version of the passage.) Make enough copies for everyone.
  5. If any residents are able and willing to read the section or even single verses aloud, encourage them to do so. Ask for volunteers.
  6. The questions in these guides are merely suggestions; if something else comes up in the group, feel free to follow that line of thought! Just keep asking encouraging questions that repeat and reinforce the eternal message: God Loves You and is With You.

6 thoughts on “How to use these Bible study guides

  1. Glenda Pippin says:

    I am so thankful for this wonder resource
    I have somehow become the leader of a group of people in my church who have a heart for seniors and those with a dementia problem at an assisted living in Asheville, N C. We have music, prayer and Bible study. I am a certified PRECEPT BIBLE STUDY leader and have taught for many years. It is hard to go from a very in depth study to a study with eldercare. I have thank God for your studies . What a heart you must have. I can only imagine the hours of study and work you have done. I am so grateful that I found you on the internet. I pray b God’s blessings on lyou and your ministry.


    • Elisa Bosley says:

      Glenda, what a lovely note. Thank you for your kind words, and even more, for heeding God’s call to minister to elders with dementia. You’re right, it’s different from a typical Bible study — and yet the Lord uses his Word in miraculous ways, and so many of these dear elders are so happy to have the routine of Bible study again. Many blessings!


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