Elder Ministry

From the letter of Pope John Paul II to the Elderly…he said “the teaching and language of the Bible present old age as a “favorable time” for bringing life to its fulfillment and in God’s plan for each person, as a time when everything comes together and enables us better to grasp life’s meaning and to attain “wisdom of Heart”…sign of God’s blessing.

Elder Ministry is about enhancing the lives of seniors who in turn enhance the lives of others. Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte is gifted with the presence of many seniors who have an abundance of knowledge, talent and expertise to offer to ministry. We also have many seniors who would benefit greatly from a ministry geared toward them.

Elder Ministry provides leadership and guidance to parishes and older adults within the Diocese to enhance their well-being and to promote the development of programs.

Development of Parish Programs:

Elder Ministry is available to share models of ministry opportunities to, for, by and with older adults.

Education:

In collaboration with parishes and vicariates, a series of classes and workshops can be created to address the needs and issues associated with aging.

Health Fair:

In various regions of the Diocese, fairs have been held to highlight safety and health. Representatives from diverse groups in the local community, who work toward wellness, health and issues of interest to the senior adult population are present to offer information, consultation and demonstrations.

Outreach:

Education and support in developing parish outreach to home and hospital are available by request.

Recreation and Culture:

Collaboration with parishes and vicariates to assist in planning of special events is available.

Information & Referral:

Elder Ministry provides information and referral to community resources.

Elder Ministry offers annual events such as the Spring Fling.

Spring Fling:

The Spring Fling is a day filled with fun, friendship, food, music, bingo, crafts, entertainment, educational classes, health & wellness programs, chair exercises, line dancing, zumba, and much more. The day concludes with a Closing Mass.

Comments from participants:

“I look forward to the Spring Fling as it allows me the opportunity to reconnect with friends around the Diocese.”

“The Spring Fling is “GREAT!” Each year it just gets better. The friendliness of the staff, the diversity of the programs and activities offered. Please keep them coming!”

“I enjoyed spending the day with new and old friends…the variety of activities to choose from…the entertainment…and especially the Closing Mass…what a perfect way to end a wonderful day.”

For further information, please contact Sandra Breakfield, Elder Ministry Program Director at 704-370-3220 or email her at sbreakfield@ccdoc.org.

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Elder Ministry Events:

3-Part Dementia Educational
Session One:  Healthy Living for your Brain and Body

Speaker:  Angela Burrow, Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator
For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected.  But now, science is able to provide insights into how lifestyle choices may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age.  Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Healthy Living for your Brain and Body
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Please note that there is no sound on the videos that were shown during the presentation.  Please accept my apology for this technical difficulty.

Session Two:  Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Presenter:  Angela Burrow, Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator
Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging.  Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, stages and risk factors, current research, and treatment available for some symptoms, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.
Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
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Session Three:  Effective Communication Strategies
Presenter:  Angela Burrow, Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator
Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language.  As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect.  Join use to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.
Effective Communication Strategies
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Passcode: p4!U%.h3

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