Spirituality and Memory Loss

 Spirituality and Memory Loss is the theme of a three part series that will be held on February 6, 13, and 20 at Chandler Place, 3701 Chandler Drive, St. Anthony Village, MN.  This event is designed to support those in early to middle stage dementia:  families, caregivers, spiritual directors, clergy and all who are interested in spiritual care for those impacted by memory loss.  Each workshop will begin at 7:00 p.m. followed by fellowship and refreshments from 8:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

The cost for each workshop is $25.00 payable at the beginning of the workshop.

Each session will include a presentation by people knowledgeable and experienced in the field followed by followed by a panel discussion and then table discussion groups that will offer opportunity for participants to share their stories and support one another. The workshop is designed to bring information but to also allow participants to apply it to their own context.

The sessions will follow these topics:

February 6:      “I have WHAT?”

This session would focus upon an overview of dementia.  What it is, the stages, how it functions, how it is diagnosed.  The session will also explore the role of the caregiver.

February 13:            Has God Taken A Vacation?

Where is God in dementia?  Is God present for the one with dementia?  Is God present with family and loved ones?  How do we phrase the questions around the issue of spirituality and memory loss?  Does one need to cognitively be aware of God for God to act?

February 20:    Spiritual Care:  Walking the Journey of Dementia

This session will relate the “stages” of faith formation to the stages of dementia.  What are possible ways to develop and maintain spiritual care as the disease progresses.

The event is sponsored by Christos Center for Spiritual Formation and is co-sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, Chandler Place Assisted Living, St. Anthony Health Center and Pivot Point Ministries.

Further information is availabe from Janet Palmer, janet@christoscenter.org  or 651-653-8207



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