Dementia-friendly church service: Work (U.S. Labor Day), 2021

This week's nondenominational worship service video celebrates the blessing of work, as a nod to U.S. Labor Day, celebrated the first Monday in September. I love talking with elders about the work they've done and continue to do. That includes those living with dementia, who love to contribute, work, and help ... and their work … Continue reading Dementia-friendly church service: Work (U.S. Labor Day), 2021

What does it mean to be a chaplain?

Often, when I tell elders that I’m a chaplain, the first thing they want to know is “who are you with?” They mean church. It’s a natural question, especially for the senior generation, who grew up with clear categories of religious denominations (Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopal, Catholic, etc.). Without making a short story long: … Continue reading What does it mean to be a chaplain?

How to help a person with Alzheimer’s feel useful

It bears repeating: People with dementia aren’t “done.” They have led productive, valuable lives, and often they still love to help in whatever way they can—it's part of the human desire to feel needed and useful. "Letting" them help isn't about busywork, and your elder's usefulness isn't a fiction; tasks actually do need to be done, and … Continue reading How to help a person with Alzheimer’s feel useful