Below you will find links to resources related to older adults and how congregations and individuals can best understand and minister with these persons.  Please check here often for updated resources and links to information concerning older adults.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia: Ministry with the Forgotten

Alzheimer’s/Dementia: Ministry with the Forgotten

In 2009, someone was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another other form of dementia every 77 seconds. Today, someone is diagnosed every 66 seconds.

And the number is escalating. In 2050, it will be one person every 33 seconds.

For retired United Methodist Bishop Kenneth Carder, the statistics are personal. His wife, Linda, was diagnosed with frontal temporal dementia and he was called into a new vocation—that of caregiver for Linda.

Out of that experience, Bishop Carder felt led to create a five-part study, Alzheimer’s/Dementia: Ministry with the Forgotten, because he wanted to help start conversations within United Methodist congregations and generate action around caring for people who have a form of dementia as well as their caregivers. Learn More

Martin Methodist receives Golden Cross Foundation Grant

Martin Methodist CollegeMartin Methodist College (MMC) was awarded a $93,000 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation.

The grant will fund a rural health initiative where MMC nursing faculty and nursing students will take health care to the rural, elderly members of the United Methodist churches and provide various intervention services. The objectives of this program are to develop healthier communities, improve residents’ health literacy and navigation for health care needs, develop trust, and improve health communication. Read More

ENCORE Ministries

Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.

Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.

ENCORE Ministries is a new, valuable resource that is now available in the Tennessee Conference to help congregations meet the needs of the fastest growing demographic group in our conference.  And, because this ministry is funded by a grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, there is no cost to congregations for its service.

Our world is getting older.  And it’s getting older fast.  An age revolution is taking place in our nation where thousands of people each day are entering their “retirement years” and the “3rd Age” of life.

Book: “Designing an Older Adult Ministry”

256815Building on the success of Designing a Ministry by, with, and for Older Adults, author Rick Gentzler gives readers new ways to develop and strengthen ministries with older adults, providing:

  • information about the needs and life issues of older adults
  • tools to help congregations evaluate their current situation
  • models for ministry with older adults
  • suggested resources

Purchase for $14 through the Upper Room Bookstore