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Resources on Creative Aging

Aging, General

Add Life to Your Years, by Theodore Wilhelm Engstrom, Chuck Colson, and Joy P. Gage. Tyndale, 2002.

Adult Aging and Development: Myths and Emerging Realities, Third Edition, by Richard Schulz. Prentice Hall, 1998.
   This book separates fact from fiction about adult development by contrasting existing myths with the most recent empirical data.

The Age Wave: How The Most Important Trend Of Our Time Can Change Your Future, by Ken Dychtwald. Bantam, 1990.
   This book presents the changing demographics of older adults in America.

Age Power: How the 21st Century Will Be Ruled by the New Old, by Ken Dychtwald. Penguin Putnam, 1999.
   The author looks at the caregiving crunch, financial considerations, and the need for more intergenerational interdependence.

Aging: The Fulfillment of Life, by Henri Nouwen. Doubleday, 1976.
   The author shares his moving and inspirational thoughts on what aging can mean to all of us. It is a warm, caring book that shows us how to make the later years a source of hope rather than a time of loneliness.

Aging and Spirituality: Spiritual Dimensions of Aging Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, by David O. Moberg. Haworth Press, 2001.
   This book discusses spirituality, what it is and what it means, and how it affects the overall well-being of the aging and older population.

The Aging Family: New Visions In Theory, Practice, And Realityby Terry D. Hargrave and Suzanne Midori Hanna. Brunner-Routledge, 1997.
   This book brings to the forefront issues that hold families together and often tear them apart. An important message throughout the text is that therapists must come to terms with their own resistance to dealing with later life concerns and with their own preconceptions about older people.

Aging: God's Challenge to Church and Synagogue, by Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. and Donald F. Clingan. Discipleship Resources, 1996.
Topics include: understanding aging and older adults, spiritual needs of older adults, starting an older adult ministry, program directions and models for ministry, caregiving, congregations and communities working together, and challenges of the future.

Aging, Spirituality, and Religion: A Handbook, edited by James W. Ellor, Melvin A. Kimble, Susan H. McFadden, and James J. Seeber. Fortress, 1995, 2003 (revised).
This volume provides the sociological, psychological, and theological perspectives for examining the ways in which spirituality and religion are experienced by aging persons in an aging society. As such, it provides the theoretical foundations for considering aging, spirituality and religion.

Aging, Spirituality, and Religion, A Handbook, Volume 2, edited by Melvin A. Kimble, Susan H. McFadden, and Mee-Ock Park. Fortress, 2003.
Volume II picks up where Volume I left off--with practical advice and tools for ministry with the aging in a variety of settings. Gerontological and theological perspectives undergird the practical guidance given, and a final section treats the unique ethical issues involved in ministry with the aging.

The Art of Growing Old, by Carroll Saussy. Augsburg Fortress, 1998.
This book shows not only how to embrace the challenges of a long life but also how to engage the possibilities of creativity and depth of soul available to those who have acquired a wealth of experience. Useful for personal and group study.

The Art of Growing Older: Writers on Living and Aging, by Wayne Booth. University of Chicago Press, 1992.
Gathered from great literary works, this compendium of prose and poetry highlights the physical and emotional aspects of aging. The commentary with which Booth connects the selections reminds readers that physical decay and fear of death are conditions common to us all.

The Berlin Aging Study: Aging from 70 to 100, by Karl Ulrich Mayer and Paul B. Baltes. Cambridge University Press, 1998.
An extensive, multidisciplinary study of old age and aging, ranging from 70 to 100 years.

Cognitive Aging: A Primer, by Denise C. Park. Psychology Press, 1999.
Scholars of psychology, most from the US and Canada, review the current understanding of normal cognitive changes in aging people at a level accessible to advanced undergraduates and beginning graduates.

Creative Aging: Discovering the Unexpected Joys of Later Life Through Personality Type, by Nancy Millner. Davies-Black, 2000.
Millner shows us the impact personality differences have on our responses to aging and how to find the unexpected joys of older age.

A Deepening Love Affair: The Gift of God in Later Life, by Jane Marie Thibault. Upper Room, 1993.
The author calls older adults to a new vocation, that of experiencing an ever-deepening "love affair" with God in this life.

Defy Aging: Develop the Mental and Emotional Vitality to Live Longer, Healthier, and Happier Than You Ever Imagined, by Michael Brickey. New Resources Press, 2000.
Solidly supported by research, Defy Aging explains for lay and professional readers the "mental ABCs" -- 4 Attitudes, 36 Beliefs, and 4 Coping Skills that foster vital longevity.

Dimensions of Older Adult Ministry. Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, 2004.
This free pdf file, by fourteen authors, contains fifteen chapters on various aging issues.

Finishing Well: Aging And Reparation In The Intergenerational Family, by Terry D. Hargrave and William T. Anderson. Brunner-Routledge, 1992.

Full of Years: Aging and the Elderly in the Bible and Today, by Stephen Sapp. Abingdon, 1987.

Growing Old in Christ. William B. Eerdman, 2003.
This new book presents the first serious theological reflection we have on what it means to grow old, particularly in modern American society.

Handbook on Ethical Issues in Aging, by Tanya Fusco Johnson. Greenwood, 1999.
Johnson offers both a resource on ethics and aging with a historical perspective and policy recommendations for the future with an ethical emphasis.

How and Why We Age, by Leonard Hayflick. Ballantine, 1994.
This book defines the difference between biological and chronological age, and how aging has changed through history.

The Joys of Successful Aging, by George Sweeting. Northfield Press, 2002.
Sweeting, former president and chancellor of the Moody Bible Institute, draws on his own experiences to encourage readers that it is quite possible to experience immense joy in the later years of life. He teaches that authentic joy comes from a spiritual relationship, and so it is attainable even amid the struggles and suffering associated with aging.

Kind Hearts: Self-Esteem and the Challenges of Aging, by James Frush. Starrhill, 2000.
During his forty-year career in the psychological aspects of elderly care, Frush discovered that infirmities that might kill one older person are often taken in stride by another. He believes that the difference is self-esteem, and he wrote this important book to share his message.

Let Evening Come: Reflections on Aging, by Mary C. Morrison. Doubleday, 1998.
A gently written, yet daring, reflection on aging, in which the eighty-seven-year-old author considers the sources of strength and dignity that truly allow people to grow old gracefully, and to retain a joy for life.

Life after 50: A Positive Look at Aging in the Faith Community, by Katie Funk Wiebe. Herald, 1993.

My Twice-Lived Life: A Memoir, by Donald Morison Murray. Ballantine Books, 2001.

Old Is Not A Dirty Word: Aging Observed...Aging Experienced, by Wallace C. Matsen. Two Bytes, 1998.

Older Adult Issues Series. Geneva Press, 1999.
This 10-book series seeks to address the most-asked questions of older persons, their families, and the congregations and individuals who serve them.

  • Are Your Affairs in Order?: A Planning Guide and Resource Book, by Samuel P. Riccobene and the Senior Adult Council, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • Beyond Retirement: Toward a Redirected Life, by Richard L. Morgan
  • Building an Intergenerational Church, by Edward A. Loper
  • Caregiving: Church and Family Together (Older Adult Issues Series), by Marty Richards
  • Facing Forward in Older Adult Ministry: Resources for the Congregation, by S. Miriam Dunson
  • Rituals for the Celebration of Later Life, by M. Dosia Carlson
  • Sexuality and Aging, by Rhona M. Jones
  • Saving Our Stories: A Legacy We Leave, by Richard L. Morgan
  • A Spirituality for Late Life, by Juliana Cooper-Goldenberg
  • There's Someplace Like Home: Developing an Adult Day Care Center in Your Church, by Donna T. Lott, Naonal N. (Samantha) Plumb, G. Dana Waters III, and Jane L. Wilson

The Poetics and Politics of Tuareg Aging: Life Course and Personal Destiny in Niger, by Susan J. Rasmussen. Northern Illinois University, 1997.
Laying a foundation for deeper understanding of topics related to gender, social stratum, and kinship, Rasmussen sheds light on the concept of aging as she shows the need to deconstruct standard perceptions of age for studying other cultures.

Reflections on Aging and Spiritual Growth, by Harold Koenig and Andrew Weaver. Abingdon, 1998.
This book provides a series of reflections on aging as a part of the faith journey.

Reinventing Aging, edited by Shirley Yoder Brubaker. Herald Press, 2003.
The authors share stories and advice that bring growth, meaning , and understanding to the process of growing older. A study guide appendix and companion video/DVD assist group study.

Rules for Aging: Resist Normal Impulses, Live Longer, Attain Perfection, by Roger Rosenblatt. Harcourt Brace, 2000.
Rosenblatt offers the American people a survival manual--fifty-four gems of funny, brilliant, wise, and indispensable advice.

Seeking Christ in the Crosses and Joys of Aging, by Ronda Chervin. CMJ Marian, 2003.
Chervin takes a detailed look at the sufferings and joys of the golden years. She draws from sources as varied as psychological and sociological research, wisdom from classical and contemporary literature, and examples from the lives of the saints.

Senior Spirituality: Awakening Your Spiritual Potential: A Guide to Spiritual Well-Being in the Autumn Season of Life, by Harold R. Nelson. Chalice Press, 2004. Nelson seeks to help the reader develop inner resources that will provide power and courage to face and walk through the varied passageways of life, including adversity, loss, grief, and transformation through death and afterlife.

Simple Grace: A Mentor's Guide to Growing Older, by Malcolm Boyd. Westminster John Knox Press, 2001.
With a foreword by Martin E. Marty, Episcopal priest and author Boyd draws on the many and varied experiences of his 78 years to provide lessons for others who are facing middle age and beyond.

Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Aging, by Tom Kirkwood. Lightning Source, 1999.

A Time to Live: Seven Steps of Creative Aging, by Robert Raines. Plume, 1998.

The Vintage Journey: A Guide to Artful Aging, by Trish Herbert. Pilgrim Press, 1994.
A practical guide that helps us examine our journey through life, challenges us to look ahead, urges us to understand the past, and helps us appreciate life's beauty -- and pain.

The Virtues of Aging (Library of Contemporary Thought), by Jimmy Carter. Random House/Ballantine, 1998.
In this book the former president and present activist (as founder of the Carter Center and The Atlanta Project) explores the process of aging, including his own, and describes how one's later years might just prove to be the most thrilling of one's life.

Winter Grace: Spirituality and Aging, by Kathleen Fischer. Abingdon, 1998.
This book reveals that aging is a process rich with joy and blessing, not something to dread.

Young at Heart: Aging Gracefully With Attitude, by Anne Snowden Crosman. Hara, 2003.
This book is a collection of rare interviews of 61 aging Americans who continue to stay fit and enjoy exceptionally productive lives.


Into the Shadows: A Journey of Faith and Love into Alzheimer's, by Robert F. DeHaan. FaithWalk Publishing, 2003.
In this chronicle, DeHaan combines his skills as a professional psychologist with his Christian faith to show that the love and grace of God are far greater than this terrible disease.

The Long Good Night: My Father's Journey into Alzheimer's, by Daphne Simpkins. Eerdmans, 2003.
Drawing on the experience of caring for her father, Daphne Simpkins offers personal testimony to the presence of God amid the daily struggles of life with a terminally ill loved one.


A Caregiver's Survival Guide: How to Stay Healthy When Your Loved One Is Sick, by Kay Marshall Strom. InterVarsity Press, 2000.
When you are responsible for another person's physical needs, your own needs can take a back seat. After caring for her spouse, who for ten years suffered from a rare, debilitating disease, Kay Marshall Strom is able to bring a voice of experience and compassion to this important topic.

Pastoral Care of Older Adults (Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling), by Harold G. Koenig and Andrew J. Weaver. Fortress, 1998.
This book covers the main issues dealt with by older adults, including physical health, mental health, spiritual growth, Alzheimer's disease, caregivers and family relations, community resources, nursing homes, disability and dependency, the need to feel useful and needed, loneliness, chronic illness, grief and depression, anxieties and fear, and terminal illness.

Psalms for Healing: Praying With Those in Need, by Gretchen Person. Augsburg Fortress, 2001.
Person has created a resource that any caregiver--chaplain, nurse, hospice worker, pastor, or family member--will treasure. It is a Psalter, created entirely from the Psalms, but culled in such a way as to retain only the most helpful verses.


Fire in the Soul: A Prayerbook for the Later Years (In God's Light Series), by Richard Lyon Morgan. Upper Room, 2000.
This is a sourcebook of prayers and reflections for a variety of occasions and for many different kinds of users: older adults, those ministering to older adults, and those just beginning to grapple with the reality of aging.

The Fruitful Season: Meditations for the Autumn of Life, by Helen Ward Shomieder. Morehouse, 1998.
Written by a woman in her seventies, these meditations look back on and celebrate a life-long love affair with God. In large print that is easily read, fifty meditations celebrate everyday concerns for aging adults.

Growing Older, Growing Better: Daily Meditations for Celebrating Aging, by Amy E. Dean. Hay House, 1997.

I Never Found That Rocking Chair: God's Call at Retirement, by Richard L. Morgan. Upper Room, 1993.
This book views retirement as a time set aside for rewarding involvement and deepening spirituality. It is a collection of 74 meditations that focus on the emotional and spiritual aspects of retirement.

The Lord Is My Shepherd: Psalms to Accompany Us on Our Journey Through Aging, by Albert Micah Lewis. Eerdmans, 2002.
Lewis reflects on three psalms--Psalm 23, 98, and 121--and offers them as spiritual nourishment for those on the journey through aging. As a Jewish rabbi and also as a teacher with long experience in the Christian community, he is distinctively able to call on the insights of both the Jewish and the Christian traditions. Includes reflection questions and prayers.

No Wrinkles on the Soul: A Book of Readings for Older Adults, by Richard L. Morgan (Enlarged Print Edition only). Upper Room, 1990.
Morgan provides six themes that are on target for older adults. Each of these 62 devotions offers a scripture passage, a short meditation, a reading for reflection, and more.

Prayers for the Later Years, by Malcolm Boyd. Augsburg Fortress, 2002.
The prayers are brief, accessible, and arranged around themes including health, thanksgiving, hard questions, courage, and faith.

Prayers of an Omega: Facing Transitions of Aging, by Katie Funk Wiebe. Herald, 1994.
These prayers speak for anyone in the omega (the last letter of the Greek alphabet) stage of later adulthood.

Towards Evening: Reflections on Aging, Illness, and the Soul's Union With God, by Mary Hope. Paraclete Press, 1997.
Those approaching the quiet season of older age will appreciate this book of daily meditations on how to best meet these years. The author's bright outlook and her unwavering faith are an inspiration. The book of gentle wisdom makes an excellent gift for caregivers.

Treasures Found in Passing: Inspirations for Life's Golden Years, by Leonard Mann. Morehouse, 2001.
Written in a gentle, conversational tone, Mann's musings provide comfort and care for heart and soul.

With Faces to the Evening Sun: Faith Stories from the Nursing Home, by Richard L. Morgan. Upper Room.
This book offers a new vision of the nursing home, "where living is something more than not dying." These meditations, written for nursing home residents and their families, trace the unrelenting rhythm of God's presence.


Building a Ministry for Homebound And Nursing-home Residents, by Marie White Webb. Discipleship Resources, 2003.
In this practical book, you find information about the needs and characteristics of the frail elderly; advice for organizing and implementing a ministry of visitation; suggestions for leading worship in care facilities; guidance in dealing with grief, fears, and end-of-life issues; and a model for training volunteers who participate in ministry to the frail elderly.


Games Grandmas Play: Life Lessons on Christian Faith and Grandchildren, by Joan Jacobs. Bridge Resources, 2001.
In this book, Jacobs shows how playing with her grandchildren has taught her important truths about herself and her faith, about God, and about others.

Group Study

10 Gospel Promises For Later Life, by Jane Marie Thibault. Upper Room Books, 2005.
The author has compiled a list of ten challenges aging presents and the fears that accompany them. Each chapter addresses a particular fear, giving an example of how it has affected the daily life of a person in a negative way. Thibault then presents a response, a promise of the Gospel. After examining the promise and discussing how it provides a message of hope in later life, she provides questions for personal reflection and group discussion.

Aging Gracefully: The Keys to Holier, Happier Golden Years, by J. Daniel Dymski. Acta, 2002.
This book promotes an upbeat, affirming approach to life that helps older adults blend spiritual insights, practical suggestions, gentle exhortations and common sense into a formula for happier, healthier, holier golden years. Each of the twelve keys concludes with five questions for reflection or discussion and two suggestions for action.

Forty-Sixty: A Study for Midlife Adults Who Want to Make a Difference. Discipleship Resources, 2001.
Designed to be used individually or in a small group, Forty-Sixty identifies 10 significant issues many people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s face as they experience midlife. Each chapter explores a midlife issue and includes a Bible study guide to enable the reader to draw upon God's word and wisdom for direction and meaning.

No Such Thing as Over the Hill: Making the Most of Life after 60, by James R. Kok. CRC Publications, 2000.
These experiential reflections include questions for discussion.

Remembering Your Story: Creating Your Own Spiritual Autobiography : Leader's Guide, by Richard L. Morgan. Upper Room, 2002.
This book and leader's guide form a 10-session process that helps participants create their own spiritual autobiographies.

A Very Present Help: Psalm Studies for Older Adults, by Miriam Dunson. Geneva Press, 1999.
Dunson selects thirteen psalms for ten in-depth studies exploring issues of particular concern to older people.


Intergenerational Programming, by Sally Newman and Steven W. Brummel. Haworth Press, 1992.
This book is filled with ideas about how to build programs that are intergenerational, that bring the generations together in work, study, worship, and play.


And Not One Bird Stopped Singing: Coping With Transition and Loss in Aging, by Doris Moreland Jones. Upper Room, 1997.
This book guides us through grieving all the events that take meaning from our lives so we can learn to live again. Jones draws from her clinical pastoral background and own personal experience with grief.

Light on Aging and Dying: Wise Words, by Helen Nearing. Harvest Books, 1998.

Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying, by Ram Dass. Highbridge, 2001.


Aging Without Growing Old, by Judy Lindberg McFarland. Creation House, 2003.
This is not just a book on aging, but a complete nutrition book that will teach you how to stay well and active the rest of your life. Discover how it is possible to become healthy through natural and nutritional means.

Home Sweet Home: How to Help Older Adults Live Independently, by Dennis R. La Buda, M.A. and Vicki Schmall. Aid Association for Lutherans, 2001.
An invaluable resource that addresses how to crate an accessible, comfortable, and safe living environment for older adults.

A Quiet World: Living with Hearing Loss, by David Myers. Yale University Press, 2000.
Myers, the son of a woman who went deaf late in life, and who has himself experienced gradual hearing loss, explores the problems faced by the hard-of-hearing at home and work, and elucidates the new technology and surgical procedures now available. He provides advice on how best to alert loved ones to a hearing problem, persuade them to seek assistance, and encourage them to adjust to and use hearing aids.


And the Song Goes On...: Older Adults in Music Ministry, by Linda B. Hansen and Betsy Pittard Styles. Abingdon, 2001.

Rock of Ages: A Worship and Songbook for Retirement Living. Discipleship Resources, 2002.
This large-print ecumenical songbook and worship guide for use in nursing homes, retirement communities, hospitals, homes, and other older adult settings, includes resources for leading worship, as well as the lyrics to more than 95 familiar hymns.

Sing and Rejoice, edited by William D. Auld. Westminster John Knox Press, 1997.This collection of traditional hymns is comfortably pitched for easier unison singing.

Older Adult Abuse

Abuse and Religion: When Praying Isn't Enough, Anne Horton and Judith A. Williamson. Lexington, 1988.
This book presents practical insights on all aspects of abuse of older persons.

The Mistreatment of Elderly People, by Peter Decalmer and Frnak Glendenning. Sage, 1993.
This book is a tool for raising awareness of the presence of elder abuse--helpful to members of a visitation team.

Older Adult Ministry

Catch the Age Wave: A Handbook for Effective Ministries with Senior Adults, by Win Arn and Charles Arn. Baker Books, 1993. Out of print.
The authors explore the application of church growth principles to older adult ministry.

Designing an Older Adult Ministry, by Richard H. Gentzler. Discipleship Resources, 1999.
Gentzler gives readers new ways to develop and strengthen ministries with older adults, providing: information about the needs and life issues of older adults; tools to help congregations evaluate their current situation; models for ministry with older adults; and suggested resources.

Engaging in Ministry With Older Adults, by Dosia Carlson. Alban, 1997.
Clergy and boards can find their congregational demographic easily in these pages, and within weeks develop responsive programs that engage the elderly in their own circumstances and in multi-generational settings.

The Graying of the Church: A Leader's Guide for Older-adult Ministry in the United Methodist Church, by Richard H. Gentzler Jr.
This book, based on extensive research, provides help in identifying new older adult ministry models, ways to motivate older adults, and general resource information. (Discipleship Resources)

Ministry with Older Adults in the Church. Augsburg Fortress, 2000.

Older Adult Ministry: A Guide for the Presbytery Committee, revised and edited by Miriam Dunson. Witherspoon Press, 2003.
This book is designed to assist church leaders in finding ways to address ministry with, by, and for older members of congregations.

Older Adult Ministry: A Guide for the Session and Congregations, revised and edited by Miriam Dunson. Witherspoon Press.
This manual is designed to help the congregation start an intentional older adult ministry. It illustrates how to set up a committee, how to educate the committee, and how to do a needs and skills assessment among older adults. It also provides many program ideas for use by congregations.

Older Adult Ministry: A Resource Guide for Program Development. Witherspoon Press.
This helpful manual, made up of articles by experts in the field of Older Adult Ministry, provides strategies, program plans, and theological reflections for churches seeking resources for older adult ministry.

Senior Adult Ministry in the 21st Century: Step-By-Step Strategies for Reaching People Over 50, by David P. Gallagher. Group Publishing, 2002.
This book offers a framework of ministry goals and vision and the practical insights for accomplishing them. It includes steps for effective senior adult ministry, characteristics of senior adults, ways to involve senior adults in ministry, and more.

Understanding the Senior Adult: A Tool for Wholistic Ministry, by Lois D. Knutson. Alban, 1999.
This book provides a comprehensive model for using a spiritual approach to meeting the needs of older adults. A spiritual assessment tool is included to determine the specific needs.

Working the Gray Zone : A Call for Proactive Ministry by and with Older Adults, by Charles G. Oakes. Providence House, 2000.
Oakes reveals to older adults a proactive pursuit of productive and meaningful ministry in both religious and secular settings. He answers questions of how the church should minister to the elderly and how older adults can and should minister to others--in, to, and out of the church. He describes older adult ministries and prescribes ways to remove barriers to fulfilling purposes.


Adult Children Caring for Their Parents: A Training Design, by John I. Rhea. Presbyterian Distribution Service, 1996
This is a 6-session training design for congregations.

Aging Is a Family Affair: Planning the Care of Elderly Loved Ones, by Ed Loper. Presbyterian Mariners, 1993.
This is a study guide for exploring the challenges that take place in a family in which there are older adults.

Baby Boomers Guide to Caring for Aging Parents, by Bart Astor. J. A. Majors, 1997.
This thoughtfully developed new guide is packed full of practical information.

Caring for Aging Parents, by Richard P. Johnson. Augsburg Fortress, 1999.

A Catholic Guide to Caring for Your Aging Parent, by Monica Dodds. Our Sunday Visitor Inc., 1997.
From home safety to mental health, it covers everything you'd rather not think about -- never neglecting the spiritual aspect of the relationship.

Caring for Your Aging Parents: When Love Is Not Enough, by Barbara Deane. NavPress, 1989.

Changing Places: A Christian's Guide to Caring for Aging Parents, by Betty Benson Roberson. Beacon Hill, 2003.
Roberson provides resources for organizing the care-giving process, selecting an appropriate housing option, untangling legal and financial issues, coping with the emotional challenges, finding help in the community, and nurturing your spiritual walk in the midst of difficult times. The volume also includes checklists, forms, and how-to's for caring for your loved ones.

Parenting Your Parents (Lifesearch), by Dorothy Gager. Abingdon, 1996.
The focus of this small-group resource is on helping adults think through the issues involved with aging parents, act on these, and find support among others dealing with the same issues.

Reflections on Caring for an Aging Parent, by Audrey Brown Lightbody. Chalice Press, 1999.
Poignant and insightful letters and journal pages detail Lightbody's changing relationship to her elderly mother, who suffers from increasingly deteriorating physical and mental health, and offer a depth of wisdom and insight that only experience can bring.

That You May Live Long: Caring for Our Aging Parents, Caring for Ourselves, by Richard F. Address and Hara Person. UAHC Press, 2002.This book offers Jewish perspectives on helping those close to us as they grow older as well as perspectives to help us deal with our own feelings of confusion and anguish at such times.

Trading Places: Caring for Elderly Parents (Issues in Christian Living), by Henry Holstege. CRC Publications, 2001.
This six-session intermediate study offers practical advice for those with aging parents.

When Our Parents Need Us Most, by David L. Mckenna. Harold Shaw, 2000.

Racial Ethnic

Aging in Black America, by James S. Jackson, Linda M. Chatters, and Robert Joseph Taylor. Sage, 1993.
These authors explore the economic, political, and social statuses of Americans of African descent, exploring their responses to their life situations.

Honoring African American Elders: A Ministry in the Soul Community (Jossey-Bass Religion-in-Practice Series), by Anne Streaty Wimberly. Jossey-Bass, 1997.
A new model for ministry is presented based on "honor" and "soul community."

Substance Abuse

Aging and Addiction: Helping Older Adults Overcome Alcohol or Medication Dependence (Hazelden Guidebooks), by Debra Erickson Jay and Carol Colleran. Hazelden, 2002.


Association of Lutheran Older Adults (ALOA)

Eldercare Locator


Generations Together

Gray Panthers

Institute on Aging

National Adult Day Services Association, Inc.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A)

National Center on Elder Abuse

National Council on the Aging
Includes National Institute of Senior Housing (NISH) and National Interfaith Coalition on Aging (NICA)

National Hospice Foundation

National Institute on Aging
Includes Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE)

Presbyterian Association of Homes and Services for the Aging

Shepherd's Centers of America (SCA)
Each center (over 100 in USA) is dedicated to providing older adults with opportunities for service to others, self-expression, meaningful work, and friendship. They also help older adults to remain in independent living situations as long as they choose.

Social Security Administration

United Methodist Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries

The US Administration on Aging (AOA)


Challenging Invisibility: Practices of Care With Older Women, by Karen D. Scheib. Chalice Press, 2004. Scheib draws on her extensive research, insights of gerontology, sociology, psychology, and anthropology, and her experience as a practical pastoral theologian to develop a new approach to pastoral care with older women, a pastoral approach to aging that takes into account the social context, as well as the individual analysis, and theological reflection. She proposes a model of care and a set of practices that challenge women's invisibility and assist congregations in being good places to grow old.

Mother Time: Women, Aging, and Ethics, by Margaret Urban Walker. Rowman and Littlefield, 2000.
Fifteen original essays open up a novel area of inquiry: the distinctively ethical dimensions of women's experiences of and in aging.

New Ourselves, Growing Older: Revised and Updated, by Paula Doress-Worters and Diana Laskin Siegal. Touchstone Press, 1994.This book takes a positive, empowering approach to the physical and emotional health and social well-being of midlife and older women by providing frank and complete information on personal health.

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