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

Respite Care

Volume II - 1991

[Updated, Department of Christian Service, 2016] Definitions:Caregiver: Someone who provides any type of assistance that enables a frail elderly or disabled person to live at home in spite of their condition. Respite: A break from caregiving and chores, a “time out” from constant responsibility; a...


Volume II - 1991

So many scenarios are conjured up by the word “reminiscence”: a grandmother always comparing everything to “the way it was”, a lonely patient in a nursing home, sitting silently, staring out into space. “Oh, she must be senile,” we think. And yet perhaps it is...

St. Michael’s Fifty Five Plus Club

Volume I - 1989

Senior citizens are growing in number, both in the general population and in our churches. Many are entering these years in good or fairly good health. Many find themselves living just as a couple again, the children having gone off to form families of their...

Planning Ahead for Health Care Decisions

Volume I - 1988

“Give rest, O Christ, to the soul of thy servant where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but life everlasting ...” For centuries these words have solaced and given strength to dying persons and their loved ones. Yet today, with the advent of medical...

Housing for the Elderly

Volume I - 1986

Today a growing problem is the question of housing for the elderly. Some parishes might already have property which had been willed or donated, which is conveniently located near the church and which could be converted into “low-income” or “subsidized” housing. However, many people prefer...

A Home-Care Alternative To Nursing Homes

Volume I - 1986

Modern medicine has made it possible for people to live longer and fuller lives. But in many cases, persons who reach an advanced age outlive their friends and spouses and remain alone to complete their lives. Often, the only alternatives open to these people are...

As They Lay Dying

Volume I - 1984

This article deals with two fine Orthodox women confronting death. Iris, because of the circumstances of her life, learned how to find solace in her Christian faith; Zoya, though she was assertive and firm while healthy, was distressed and even resentful long before she died....

Divine Liturgy In A Nursing Home Setting

Volume I - 1984

0 God from my youth You have taught me and I still proclaim Your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs 0 God do not forsake me, till I proclaim Your might to all the generations to come. (Psalm 71:17-18) The elderly and shut-ins...

The Parish: A Helper for the Aging

Volume I - 1983

The Orthodox parish can participate in an important Christian ministry by serving not only the spiritual but also the physical and practical needs of the aging. It is impossible to separate one from the other, they are so closely related. By providing practical assistance to...

Choosing A Nursing Home

Volume I - 1983

The second stroke did not kill eighty-year old Peter Vorman, but it severely paralyzed him. He lived¬óbut he needed care twenty-four hours a day. Someone had to be there all the time to feed him, bathe him, dress him, take him to the bathroom,...

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