Living With Purpose In A Worn-Out Body is an exploration of the inner life shared by many persons in nursing homes and retirement centers. With compassion and honesty, Buchanan gives voice to mingled feelings of loss, gratitude, resignation, courage, loneliness, and love. Buchanan lets readers know the difficult feelings of those living an assisted life: the ambivalence about being alive so long, the struggle against self-pity, the frustrations of limited strength and movement. She also mines the joys of living: laughter among friends, seeing grandchildren grow up, sifting through happy memories. Well chosen passages from the Psalms and New Testament stir feelings of hope and a trust in God's will, allowing the reader to ... more
With a twinkle in her eye, the author says she doesn't personally "know anything about aging." That's why she had to interview as many people as possible who do know about this very important "third stage of life" Their stories are both fascinating and unique and offer a wide variety of attitudes toward the perks and possibilities of aging as well as insights and options for dealing with its challenges. The author adds her own humorous stories and observations throughout to help seniors appreciate and celebrate life with heavy doses of both laughter and prayer.
John Piper challenges fellow baby boomers to forego the American dream of retirement and live out their golden years with a far greater purpose in mind.
They say it's a person's reward for all those years of labor. "Turn in your time card and trade in your IRAs. Let travel plans and golf-course leisure lead the way." But is retirement really the ideal? Or is it a series of poor options that ignore a greater purpose--and will kill a person more quickly than old age?
John Piper responds: "Lord, spare me this curse " And his resounding message is for anyone who believes there's far more to the golden years than accumulating comforts. It's for readers who long to finish better than they started, persevere for the right ... more
Most books that seek to help elderly persons major on sociological or psychological studies. Here is something different! Adams sets forth biblical commands and principles that will help pastors, families, and churches minister to elderly believers in a Godly manner. Adams applies scripture to the problems and opportunities of old age, dealing with the issues before they become problems.
Nationally recognized older adult advocate Missy Buchanan offers a compassionate look at the concerns of two generations adult children and their parents as they struggle with the fears and frustrations of aging.
Buchanan invites readers of both generations to stand in each other's shoes through a series of 20 scenarios, presented as paired conversations with God. First she introduces the adult child's perspective on a common situation, such as the need for the parent to give up driving or move to a more manageable living arrangement. She follows with the older adult's feelings and concerns. Buchanan provides a scripture passage, suggestions to help both generations talk about and face the challenging situation, and ... more
Volume II picks up where Volume I left off--with practical advice and tools for ministry with the aging in a variety of settings. Gerontological and theological perspectives undergird the practical guidance and a final section treats of the unique ethical issues involved in ministry with the aging.
This book focuses on the basic elements a pastoral counselor uses to do his/her job or calling effectively. Maldonado emphasizes the importance of pastoral counseling to the church's mission; gives a list of pastoral counseling basics; guidance on counseling individuals, couples, and families; provides a model for an effective pastoral counseling ministry; and a comprehensive bibliography of useful resources.
A practical guide to advise Baby Boomers how to deal with the daunting task of facing a parents' eventual passing as it relates to residential contents, heirlooms, and the often difficult family interactions and feuds that accompany them.
With fascinating stories and comprehensive checklists, professional estate liquidator Julie Hall walks Baby Boomers through the often painful challenge of dividing the wealth and property of their parents' lifetime accumulation of stuff. From preparation while the parent is still living through compassionately helping them empty the family home, The Estate Lady(R) gives invaluable tips on negotiating the inevitable disputes, avoiding exploitation from scam artists, and eventually ... more
Aging is a gift, not a given--a privilege best enjoyed with open arms and a grateful heart. Through a good dose of humor, balanced with some hard-earned insight, "A Tale of Two Biddies "encourages women to make the most of the latter seasons of their lives.
Throughout the book, readers will hear of the two biddies who inspired the title: one who was kind, tender-hearted, and humble, and the other who was critical, pessimistic, self-centered, and sharp-tongued. As these two women aged and their inhibitions fell away, the true nature of their hearts became increasingly evident to those around them. This gift book takes a light-hearted look at topics such as menopause, feathering the empty nest, and "senior moments." ... more
Baby Boomer Alert Get ready for the next prime of your life
Today we're living so much longer and more productively that age sixty has truly become the new age forty-the prime of life when our careers are in full swing, our minds are at their most creative, and our passions burn their hottest. -Mark Victor Hansen and Art Linkletter
So how do we ensure that our bodies remain fit, our minds alert and creative, our finances stable-even growing-throughout our senior years? TV icon Art Linkletter (incredibly active in several enterprises at the age of 94) and Chicken Soup for the Soul? cocreator Mark Victor Hansen team up to show us how.
Much more than a pep talk about maintaining a youthful attitude in our Se ... more
Karen O'Connor-humorist and author of "Getting Old Ain't for Wimps" (more than 200,000 copies sold)-shares more comic and meaningful scenes from the senior side of life. Readers will enjoy her stories, tales from others, and glimpses of golden moments as they discover the significance of life after a certain age joy in new friendships and experiences adventures still ahead purpose and meaning on deeper levels appreciation for God's design and direction
By celebrating the little things in life, such as the ability to recall "any" anecdote with clarity, O'Connor leads readers to rest in the bigger wonders of faith and purpose.
Whether you're preparing for the responsibility or are in the midst of caring for an elderly loved one, this complete guide from Focus on the Family provides the practical information you need--and a spiritual and emotional lifeline.
Topics include burnout; physical, emotional, and mental changes in aging; medical, financial, and legal help; elder abuse; choosing a care facility; and end-of-life decisions. Caregivers will also learn what the Bible says about caregiving and the keys to effectively fulfilling that role.
True stories throughout the guide share common concerns and a sense of support from those who have been there.
If laughter is the best medicine, then "You're Only Old Once "is a delightful new defense against aging. Anyone who has ever submitted to a battery of medical tests will empathize with Dr. Seuss's Everyman as we follow him through his checkup with the experts at the Golden Years Clinic. From the initial Eyesight and Solvency Test through all the stops along Stethoscope Row to finally being "properly pilled" and "properly billed," Dr. Seuss lightens the aches and pains of growing old with his inimitable wit and wisdom. A perfect gift for anyone over 50
Time magazine hails this "moving, intensely personal account" of how a group of aging nuns and a dedicated scientist have joined forces to discover the secrets of a long and productive life.
Extraordinary media attention -- including the cover of Timemagazine, major features in The New York Times and USA Today, plus "The Today Show" and "NBC Nightly News" -- heralded the hardcover publication of this landmark book by one of the world's leading experts on Alzheimer's disease. Dr. David Snowdon has made headlines internationally with his research findings. But perhaps even more compelling is the human story of the hundreds of Catholic sisters, ranging in age from seventy-four to one hundred and six, who gave the Nun Stud ... more
Considering retirement can be daunting. How do you know how to best plan for the future? Now there's a helpful guidebook to lead you thoughtfully into the third third of life.In this brief workbook Walter C. Wright provides eight sessions to help those moving toward retirement plan out their next steps. Developed and field-tested at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership, this guide includes material for individuals and groups that will enable 50-somethings (and up) to prepare for the next chapter of life with confidence.
A unique worship resource that includes practical suggestions for visiting and offering spiritual support to those with dementia
Often dementia hides the person from us, but never from God. "We have accounts of people with dementia coming to faith on hearing the gospel," says Louise. "God never gives up, and neither should we. Visiting and supporting, ministering and caring is not about what it does for us, but what it means to the person with dementia."
This practical book explains why Christians are called to care spiritually for people who may not be able to show their response. It assures us that once we commit our lives to Christ, His Holy Spirit comes to live in us, and He has promised never to leave us. This ... more
Approximately 45 million Americans are caregivers for family members or friends dealing with illness. It is clear that you as caregivers need support. Not Alone addresses topics such as coping with change, avoiding bitterness and self-pity, being "real" with God in prayer and finding a support network. Sometimes funny, often poignant, and always heartfelt, Noonan offers insight from someone who has "been there, too." Each devotion features a scripture passage, a personal anecdote, and a prayer. In the face of daily challenges, you can turn to these devotions for comfort from others who share the journey and from a loving God who always cares. Support the caregivers in your life and order this book today. (Hardcover)
In this warm, sensitive, fact-filled book, Paul Tournier deals specifically with many aspects of aging: society's attitude toward the elderly, second careers, the quality of life, financial difficulties, boredom, health, loneliness, and facing death. He maintains the best way to learn to grow old is to prepare for it throughout life.
The second half of life -- which we can enter at any age -- is that time when we begin the tasks essential to a mature faith: discovering who we are, exploring our relationship with God, and beginning to let go. Guenther brings her insights as a spiritual director to all who are on this journey to "holy ground." Includes a chapter on ministry with the aged.
Prepare yourself for the trials and joys of life after work with applicable wisdom, ministering to both your heart and soul. 401K's and IRA's are important, but equally vital to this new life is the emotional and spiritual health of the retiring individual. You'll find many of the often unspoken spiritual and emotional questions that arise during this transitional time are answered in this perceptive and insightful book. Paper.
Q. What is the most positive thing you say about getting older? A. We can't choose to age--God made the choice for us--but we can choose how to respond to the process. Aging Is an Attitude explores the purpose of aging.
What does God have for us in allowing us to get older? Surely, there is more to look forward to them death. Those of us who survive into the older years no longer focus on productivity or making more money. We're now free to discover that God has distinctive lessons for us to learn and to share with the younger generation.
Aging Is an Attitude is an inspirational book designed to strengthen and encourage those who face their own aging, especially baby boomers as they creep into their 60s. In a socie ... more