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Disability and Aging
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Bionic, with a Sense of Humor. Christine Purves has led an active life, one full of people, church, music, and sports. At age ninety-three, you can find her attending church and Bluffton University athletic and music events with the help of friends. This article by Kathy Dickson appeared in our February 2013 issue of Connections.
ADNet's July 2012 issue of Connections Newsletter featured stories, articles, reviews, and resources on dementia and caregiving.
Will You Hold Me as I Held You? Article by Michael A. King in The Mennonite, February 3, 2009 issue. ...Our commitment to span each other's needs and stages across life's journey from cradle to grave...is one way we begin to teach each other that the love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. Read more...
Embracing Aging: Families Facing Change
Video by Mennonite Media Productions. DVD is available from ADNet for loan or purchase. 58 minutes plus bonus content. Change and getting older is inevitable. So how can we make it the best it can be? Families, experts and "wise ones" share insights on aging, housing choices, facing illness, and cooperating as siblings in the care of aging parents. Residents of a cohousing community for those over 55 offer attractive alternatives for the aging years.
Embracing Aging website offers diverse resources to support aging adults and their families.
Care.com is a secular resource that offers many articles and resources pertaining to the needs of older adults and their caregivers.
By Ginny Horst Burkholder. Herald Press, 2012.
Reviewed by Christine Guth, ADNet Program Director
In Relentless Goodbye: Grief and Love in the Shadow of Dementia, Ginny Horst Burkholder tells a highly personal story of coming to terms, over many years, with her husband's dementia. Lewy body dementia gradually transforms him from beloved life partner to recipient of care, still much loved.
Faith and love are threads running throughout the book, surviving a relentless series of losses and sustaining the author through increasingly difficult circumstances. "I'm beginning to see that faith is not lack of questions, and love does not come without pain," she writes at the book's conclusion (263). Offering hope for all who confront life's hard limitations, she concludes, "I want to go forward knowing love and Presence even in the pain and loss. I hold on to hope that I will" (264).
You may purchase Relentless Goodbye from online booksellers, including MennoMedia.
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