- For Faith Communities
"Through Healing Moments programs, people will feel empowered and freed in new ways to communicate and love persons suffering with Alzheimer's. They will learn to see and receive the gifts of being in the present moment with others and they will find joy, satisfaction and a new sense of relationship with those for whom they care."
~ Brita Gill-Austern, Ph.D., Austin Philip Guiles Professor of Psychology and Pastoral Theology, Andover Newton Theological School
An Experiential Workshop for Faith Communities:
for Pastors, Pastoral Care ministers and volunteers, Parish Nurses, church members, family caregivers and all those who love persons with Alzheimer's or other diseases of dementia
Members of our faith communities have many pastoral needs. One of the most rapidly growing needs church members are facing is Alzheimer's or other diseases of dementia.
To help communities of faith provide pastoral care to persons with Alzheimer's or dementia and their families, and reach out to those in need of a spiritual way to engage with this disease, Healing Moments is pleased to offer this ministry to organizations having a religious focus.
Meeting Alzheimer's teaches participants life-enhancing techniques for interacting with persons with Alzheimer's or other diseases of dementia. More importantly, however, this program invites participants to open their hearts and to recognize the true value of persons with Alzheimer's or dementia.
Through a combination of worship, music, spiritual practice, and creative drama, participants learn to Celebrate the Beauty of Living in the Moment.
Meeting Alzheimer's will strengthen the pastoral care efforts of faith communities by:
- Promoting the inherent worth and dignity and recognizing the value found in all people, no matter how cognitively compromised they may be,
- Addressing the need for compassionate and affirming spiritual care for persons with Alzheimer's and those who care for them,
- Giving pastoral care providers the tools to better serve church and community members dealing with Alzheimer's or dementia,
- Offering people a unique insight into the beauty and peace that can be found by accepting the unexpected and unacceptable.
After attending this program, participants will be able to observe, listen to and respond to persons with Alzheimer's or dementia in life-affirming ways, ease difficulties that can arise in communications with persons with Alzheimer's or dementia, understand and accept the limitations caused by this disease, ease some of the pain and confusion experienced by persons with Alzheimer's or dementia and their loved ones, recognize and receive gifts of meaning and purpose offered by connecting with persons with Alzheimer's or dementia, and realize and remember that opportunities for HEALING exist whenever we are present in the moment - with a person who has Alzheimer's disease or dementia, with any person.
Meeting Alzheimer's reminds participants that in the midst of Alzheimer's disease there are TRANSFORMING MOMENTS.
"The person with Alzheimer's is eventually swept away, while caregivers look back and feel forever changed by their experience."
~Stephen Post, Ph.D., Author, The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer's Disease
For more information or to schedule a Healing Moments program, please contact:
So those with allergies and sensitivities may attend in good health, all Healing Moments programs are Fragrance Free. Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, aftershave or scented care products.