An Orthodox vision of aging.
Senior issues.
Ministry of seniors.
Parish and family ministry to the elderly.
Community services for the elderly.

Personhood and an Aging Mind and Body

Volume IV - 2015

A paper delivered by Peter Kavanaugh at the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion conference on November 8, 2014 at Holy Cross Seminary, Boston, Massachusetts. I will never forget Susan. She was sitting in her wheelchair when I first met her.  Her hair was...

Aging with Alzheimer’s Disease, Work for All the Church

Volume IV - 2014

One of the most beautiful theological symbols of our Faith is the image depicted on the discos at the conclusion of pre-liturgy.  “Here we have the icon of the Church,” I remember learning.  In the carefully arranged particles of bread all are represented,...

A Caregiver’s Support Group

Volume III - 2006

Eugenia Skuby and I, both members of Holy Cross Church, Medford, New Jersey, and caregivers of aging mothers, recognized that there were a growing number of parishioners who were talking with us about their struggles of being a caregiver for an elderly parent or loved...

Giving Back to the Community

Volume III - 2006

Like the rich, young ruler that Christ speaks to in Luke 18:18, Mark (not his real name), a retiree, wondered what more he should do to inherit eternal life. He wanted to be able to use his skills as an engineer, as well as his love...

Alzheimer’s Disease and the Church

Volume III - 2003

“Do not cast me off in time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails.” (Pslam 71:9) Probably all of as have known or at least read about people who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia. Perhaps we have...

Twenty-five ways to help the Homebound and their caregivers

Volume III - 2003

We are blessed in our Orthodox communities by the friendships we develop and nurture when we greet each other at Divine Liturgy and spend time together at parish events. Those who are absent from parish life because of ill health or disabilities are sometimes forgotten....

Health Decisions: The Value Of Advance Directives

Volume III - 2000

The 21st century dawns with two major realities colliding together in the health care environment. Medical technology is advancing at a rate far ahead of our ability to learn how to be good stewards of it. Sometimes this technology can meaningfully prolong life, but sometimes...

Home Health Care Services

Volume II - 1993

The Orthodox elderly, like all senior citizens, and the people who care for them when they become ill or infirm, find they need guidance in knowing what medical and health care services they may be eligible to receive. Senior citizen groups in the community often...

Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Nursing Home

Volume II - 1993

OVERVIEW The Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Nursing Home is expected to open in early summer 1994. It will be a 113-bed, level 2, facility. In addition to the usual nursing home amenities, Holy Trinity will have an Orthodox Chapel that will help to provide its distinctive character....

National Eldercare Campaign

Volume II - 1992

Administration On Aging Invites Religious Community To Join National Eldercare Campaign The Orthodox Church in America has had a long standing interest in the ministry to and with senior citizens. The Department of Senior Life and Ministry was created to increase awareness of issues important...

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