Articles Tagged ‘elderly’

Even in darkness, life has purpose

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"Every night when I go to bed I ask God to not wake me up anymore," she confided. I studied her tired face for a moment and then asked, "What makes you feel that way?" "When I was young," she began, " I had my children and I looked after them. Then they got married and had their own children and I looked after them. Then my husband had a stroke and was in a wheelchair and I looked after him for ... (Continue reading)

The elderly who are isolated and abandoned

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As I walked through the lobby of the assisted living facility, I saw him again—the elderly gentleman whom I had greeted three hours earlier. Had he been there all morning? I wondered. I was on patient rounds in the building that day, visiting the residents that staff had identified as needing to be seen. It was a busy morning as usual but the elderly gentleman was not on my list. When I first arrived, I greeted him quickly but my mind was ... (Continue reading)

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Young in the Spirit: Spiritual Strengthenng for Seniors and Caregivers

Young in the Spirit: Spiritual Strengthening for Seniors and Caregivers ISBN: 978-0-96774-495-7 125 pages, softcover $10.95 US According to Statistics Canada, the years between 2010 and 2031 will see an accelerated rate in the aging population since during this period all baby boomers will have turned sixty-five. By the year 2036, between 23% and 25% of the population will be comprised of seniors aged sixty-five and over. The number of seniors by 2036 will be double the number of seniors in 2009. In the United ... (Continue reading)

Honouring our mothers and fathers

He gently leads his dad down the aisle. Mass is about to begin and he knows it will take a few minutes to get him settled. The son's hand firmly grasped around dad's elbow, they continue slowly, carefully, to their favourite pew. The younger instructs the elder to hold the back of the pew in front of him and he guides his father gently down into the seat. He places the sturdy cane on the floor and then helps dad ... (Continue reading)

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