Alzheimer's Disease and dementia
Are you providing pastoral care to an individual or
family impacted by Alzheimer's disease or other form of dementia?
Are you looking for information on best practices or helpful tips
to assist them? The Alzheimer's Association offers free support
to pastoral care ministers and clergy either by phone or in
person. For more information, contact The Rev. Dr. William
Hinrichs at email@example.com or 518-867-4999,
Mental Illness and Coping with the Holidays
Mental Health Ministries has put out a wonderful
guide providing helpful tips for coping with the holidays for
people who have a mental illness, their families and friends as
well as their faith communities. Read more.
Circle of Care: A Guidebook for Mental Health
"Circle of Care is
designed to guide unpaid friends, family, and neighbors who care
for someone with a mental health condition. The fact sheets are
intended to assist these caregivers with finding help for the
specific challenges identified in the On Pins and Needles study.
The Guidebook emerged from On Pins and Needles:
Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness, a national
study on mental health caregiving conducted with the assistance
of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health
America and released in February 2016.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference
"Save the date for the 2018 Caregiver's Conference,
March 28 at the Albany Marriott. This will be a day of education,
support & up-lifting motivation for family caregivers.
Attendees will learn the skills necessary to provide quality care
for a person with Alzheimer's or dementia. Over 50 exhibitors will
provide an extensive overview of local support services. This is
an inspiring day that can be life-changing for a caregiver, and
in turn their loved one. More information coming soon!"
Come all ye Faithful
..."Just as Christ came into this
world as a baby to bring us new life, I experienced a spirit of new
life in the giving and receiving that I witnessed this particular
day in the interaction of these children with the elderly."... Read more
Please join us on Saturday, January 27, 2018 for a
FREE presentation, 9:00 am - Noon at the Pastoral Center.
In Pastoral Care, we often meet the tears of those we serve. How
can these tears be a source of healing for those we minister to,
as well as a catalyst for our own transformation and growth? We
shall explore how we see Christ through the lens of tears-both of
those we serve and our own-and how these can be a source of
healing and hope for the receiver and giver of care. Further
information and registration information can be found here.
Helping elders celebrate the season when in an
assisted living or nursing home
matter what reason lies behind the move to a facility, when
people move from the family home to an assisted living center or
a nursing home, they still need to feel they are at home. This
feeling of "home" is often highlighted during the holidays,
when tradition commonly comes into play. Help your loved ones
celebrate, even if they are not cognitively able to take part in
festivities. In your heart, you'll know you did the right
thing." Read more
The Diocesan Commission on Pastoral Care with the
help of the Information Technology Department recently produced a
set of mini interviews with Parish Leadership, Pastoral Care
Coordinators and both recipients of parish pastoral care as well
as pastoral care volunteer visitors. These videos were
highlighted in The Evangelist 12/7/17 article "Volunteers are
needed to be face of Jesus for homebound".
The videos can be accessed here,
and also viewed on the diocesan youtube webpage, under playlists.
Parishes might consider using one or more of these at a gathering
of potential volunteers as well as with current volunteers, using
the reflection questions which are included with each video for a
Gregg-Schroeder began to speak out about her own journey with
depression while serving a church in San Diego. Her books,
"In the Shadow of God's Wings: Grace in the Midst of
Depression" and the accompanying "Group Study Guide",
were written during this time.
When Susan took a sabbatical in 2001, Mental Health
Ministries began with the release of their first media
resource, Creating Caring
Congregations, through a partnership with PMM.
That relationship resulted in award winning resources on mental
illness. "Creating Caring Congregations" and
"Mental Illness and Families of Faith" received Telly
Awards for excellence. It was also during this time that
Susan became recognized as a national speaker, consultant and
writer on spirituality and mental illness. As a result of this
growing ministry, she did not return to the local church. Mental
Health Ministries continues to collaborate with other faith based
groups to provide resources to help erase the stigma of mental
illness in our faith communities."
Access more information and resources regarding Mental Health
Why Joy Is a Gift
From Pope Francis)
By Ashley Osmera
"Joy is a funny thing.
It's a word that is thrown around to describe as
many types of circumstances as one can think of. People speak of
joy in many ways. They will say they are overjoyed that:
- they had enough
coffee grounds left to make one last cup of joe
- they recently
found out that they are expecting a child
- they made it on
time to a meeting despite horrible traffic
- they just
confirmed that their cancer is in remission
Google defines joy as "a feeling of great
pleasure and happiness," and basically asserts that joy is a
simple emotion, such as being angry, happy, or sad. If this is
indeed true, then living joyfully depends on the presence of a
circumstance which invokes happiness, relief, or the absence of
for the Christian, joy is much more than a fleeting emotion.
Instead, Galatians 5:22 lists joy as the second fruit of the Holy
Spirit, meaning that joy is a gift that we receive from God
through the Holy Spirit.
There is a "but" here. Just because joy is
a gift that we receive does NOT mean that our role is purely
passive. Joy is a gift we can seek out, and a gift that we can
dispose ourselves to receive more readily and more
consciously." Read more.