- A spiritual approach to aging considers the whole person, honoring that of God in each individual. Spiritual communities can be an integral part of adapting and coping. By celebrating aging and diversity and by building generational relationships the community learns from their wisdom and life stories, and creates opportunities for generativity, strengthens environmental stewardship, and modeling peace. Read More - Retirement, once adjusted to, presents an opportunity to live more fully in the spirit. For some this involves renewed energy and activism, for others it is a time of wisdom and contemplation. Both provide opportunities for celebration and enjoying our diversity across generations.
Read More - While many people choose to move into intentional communities, living at home is also one of the possible housing options. "Aging in place" allows one to stay in a familiar environment, perhaps close to family, and in contact with one's spiritual community. It may mean addressing issues like downsizing, hoarding, and driving, along with finding suitable alternatives or adaptations and allowing yourself to be cared for.
Read More - Planning for retirement and changing needs present specific financial concerns during the third phase of life. Along with the inspiration and guidance of Quaker advices & queries to guide financial decisions, Friends from Quaker Meetings in New York or Philadelphia Yearly Meetings can find information about specific financial assistance that may be available in your area.
Read More - Each of us will face our own death and most of us will find ourselves supporting a loved one during illness or being present for this final passage at some point in our lives. By preparing advance directives and discussing grief, slow medicine, hospice care,and green burial, friends can make end of life decisions in the context of Quaker Testimonies. Read More - Older adults and their caregivers may be at higher risk for depression and anxiety than the general population. As a faith community, we are called to practice inclusivity and validate the unique spirit within one another as we age and experience grief, change and loss. Though attitudes are changing, the stigma of mental illness sometimes prevents people from asking for help. By acknowledging our interdependence and allowing ourselves to receive care, we can make peace with aging. Read More - If you or a loved one are making a decision about housing options, you may want to consider moving into or creating Cooperative or Intentional Communities that support people through aging and related life changes such as downsizing. Friends may want to consider asking their Meeting for a Clearness Committee or consulting with a pastor or trusted member of your congregation for support through this sometimes challenging discernment process. You may also want to contact your Yearly Meeting or regional faith community organization, and your Area Agency on Aging can provide information about local options. Read More - On the journey of aging, Friends seek to handle the natural progressions of our lives in a responsible way. As a community, we are called to support and honor the light within one another as we age and experience life’s changes. Life may throw the unexpected at us, leaving us in need of care, caring for a loved one, or simply facing uncertainty. Facing physical health challenges, we may be overwhelmed in finding information or making choices. The links, suggested reading and articles here are intended to provide insight and support your discernment process. Read More - The cognitive decline caused by dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is possibly the most feared or least understood challenge that individuals and their caregivers may face. By supporting discernment for long term care, encouraging advance directives, conversations about driving and slow medicine, and modeling a spiritual approach to dementia care, faith communities become generative, interdependent, and inclusive in ways that reduce the stigma and anxiety experienced by those with with memory loss. Read More