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How Can The Church Be Ready for the Tidal Wave of Dementia?

The Alzheimer’s Association ( reports “that an estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2012. This figure includes 5.2 million people age 65 and older and 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.   One in eight people age 65 and older (13 percent) has Alzheimer’s disease.Nearly half of people […]


Post reply to NPR Story: Elders with Dementia Music

I love this piece about music and dementia for two reasons: 1) It shows that the individual is still alive, still responsive and still who he or she is. We most times fail to remember that this person is still an indiviual with thoughts, hopes, dreams and desires. Music helps us express who we are. 2) I […]


Dementia Support Group

Our ministry of supporting those in the transition of dementia through the spiritual support group got off to a great start in September at our first meeting at the St. Paul Monastery.  The group of five engaged in serious and extremely honest conversation about the journey with Alzheimer’s disease and then moved into a time […]




The Impact of Dementia – A Conversation about Faith

Supporting Transitions of Dementia I would like to invite you to join me in a ministry with those impacted by dementia.  I will be facilitating a Dementia Support Group monthly at the St. Paul Monastery in Maplewood, MN.  For more information, click here. This group is particularly directed to family members of those with dementia but […]


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    I was at a luncheon that was serving as a listening post for seniors to describe their sense of loneliness and isolation. I knew that the population invited to this luncheon was one that would probably have a higher sense of isolation, but, what I heard was much more intense than I expected. A man […]

  • Social Networks and Aging

    It is interesting that research is showing two demographics experiencing social isolation in such as way as to impact health: Young Adults (18-22) and Senior Adults (65+). I have worked with both populations over the past 50 years and I continue to be amazed at the similarity of the questions raised by both groups and […]

  • An Eye-Opening Awareness: One More Transition for this Guy

    I sat at a luncheon two weeks ago that opened my eyes to a reality that I knew was there, but as the discussion unfolded I began to realize how the discussion, about to take place, was going to expand my thinking. As I listened to the needs of the people with whom I shared […]


    When it comes to the human condition and a desire to change, we can become easily frustrated: we think that we want to change … but we really don’t. Paul expresses this contradiction well in Romans 7:15-24: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do […]

  • The Crisis of Loneliness

    THE NATIONAL CRISIS CALLED LONELINESS From “LINKED IN” “America is becoming Isolation Nation. Nearly half of respondents to a nationwide survey by health insurer Cigna say they always or sometimes feel alone, and 54% say they feel no one knows them well. Such loneliness is connected to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death. The […]