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- 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 griefchange 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 directivesconversations about driving and slow medicine, and modeling a spiritual approach to dementia care, faith communities become generativeinterdependent, and inclusive in ways that reduce the stigma and anxiety experienced by those with with memory loss. Read More