For those who have been touched by the advance of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia this heartwarming and startlingly practical idea will be a blessing. May God bless you as you continue to do your best to give dignity and loving respect to those who are living in a world we can no longer fully understand.
I want to thank Jason Lewis for contributing this piece reflecting his personal experiences in caring for his mom. As a volunteer chaplain at a nursing facility for over 25 years I am delighted to be joined by someone else who does what they can, where they are to serve those in that vulnerable chapter […]
One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way. Acts 13:2-3
The next few years will see exciting new opportunities about to open up to people involved in nursing home ministry. The question is will we be ready to go? One Abc news report states that there are 100 projects underway for Alzheimer’s and Dementia communities based on the experimental faux village in Holland. These micro-communities will have barber shops, ice cream parlors and bus stops. The challenge for those of us involved as chaplains, volunteers or regular visitors to traditional nursing homes is who will open the first church in such a setting? If we leave it to the government or the for profit corporations rushing into this lucrative field I think we all know the answer. Today is not too soon. Just as in the day of the Apostle Paul, the Holy Spirit is calling some of us to prepare for the work to which God has called us to bring not just awakening of memories but awakening of a real message of hope. Now is the time to prepare. Please feel free to enter the conversation. Be blessed this week as you go!
There is already operating such a model city in Holland for Alzheimer’s patients and this one in San Diego is just the first of 100 proposed in the United States. What is your take on this concept? I would love to hear back especially from others who deal regularly with real life situations involving loved ones with Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Parkinson’s. Is this a great new concept or just one more step of separation between us and people who are living with memory challenges?