I love thinking about God's abundant, extravagant generosity -- and that's the theme of this week's nondenominational video church service, suitable for older adults with Alzheimer's and other dementias. As usual, the service offers opportunities to pause the video and have short discussions about generosity -- how it feels to give and receive generosity, and … Continue reading Dementia-friendly worship service: Generosity
This week's the nondenominational church service for elders with dementia focuses on discovery. Not coincidentally, it coincides with the observance of Columbus Day and Columbus' arrival on the American continent in October 1492. Our nation seems to be undergoing a long-overdue rediscovery of the true meaning of Columbus Day. In brief, as stated by the … Continue reading Dementia-friendly worship service: Discovery
It might sound naive or Pollyanna-ish to say "count your blessings" when so many days seem bleak. But I do believe in the power of blessing -- to focus our minds and hearts on what is good so that God can renew our hope, strength, and determination during the not-so-good. So this week's nondenominational worship … Continue reading Dementia-friendly worship service: Blessing
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