I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what it means to be transformed into the likeness of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). It says in the Scripture that all of us who are Christians have no veils on our faces, but reflect like mirrors the glory of the Lord. We are being transformed from the inside out and reflecting God’s heart and nature like a mirror. I’m also quite … [Read more...] about Elders – the scent of a Spirit filled life
As people age and their need for care increases, there is one statement that is echoed from the depths of every soul: “I don’t want to be a burden.” This is a common sentiment that comes from the very centre of a person’s being. It’s our heart-cry to be valued for who we are without being judged as “less than” when we require assistance. Having once been an independent, … [Read more...] about I don’t want to be a burden
What is a promise? The dictionary says that it is an assurance or declaration that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen. It has been said by philosopher/political theorist Hannah Arendt: “Promises are a uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable…” As people get older, children and friends gather around … [Read more...] about Standing on our promises
“Do you remember?” is one of questions that anyone living with dementia will struggle to answer. It just slips off the tongue and the next thing you know, you’ve put them in the very difficult place of trying to do something (remember) that is not possible. It took me a while to train myself not to ask this of the seniors whose memories had faded. I used to approach them and … [Read more...] about Do you remember?
With more than 700 seniors residing on our campus-of-care, there is a wide range of interactions and levels of supporting elderly seniors from families during this COVID-19 pandemic. As I write this today, we have reached 100 days of lockdown. This has meant there have been no visitors in the long-term care homes, and only socially distanced visits for those who live in … [Read more...] about Supporting elderly seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic