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Alzheimer's Support Ministry

Pastor: Rick McLean 818-909-5500 

LAST MONTH'S MEETING

God's Comfort - expressed through His written word  (led by Ryan)

Psalm 119:50 "This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me."

The Word gives...
Eternal life
Extended life (Prov 1:32-33)
Enhanced life (Col 3:16-17)

Various members shared how the Word has comforted them:

When anxious - Phil 4:6
When life is hard - Ps 46:10
When confused - James 1:5
When overwhelmed - Eph 3:21-22

Prayer needs and praises were shared by some around the table and a good time of fellowship followed, as usual!

"The Church Faces up to Alzheimer's and Dementia"

Last Sunday morning at "Sundays in July"... Speakers:

Rick McLean - "Alzheimer's, Dementia, Ministering to Families"
George Crawford - "Key Theological Aspects of Dementia" 
Ryan Dougherty - "What the Church Can Do to Help"
Followed by panel Q & A
with all plus Laurie Price

The session was recorded.  If you would like to listen, here is a link... Click HERE


 

 NEXT MEETING:

Saturday, July 25, 2015
9:00 am
130 Room

Devotional time
Worship in song
Breakfast*
Sharing and prayer

Our Loved Ones are welcome to join us for all or part of the meeting but volunteers are available to assist them on a walk, or in the next room during the sharing time if desired.  Please give Pastor Rick a call if you are planning to bring a loved one for the first time and would like to have some assistance with them during our meeting. (Rick McLean 818-909-5519)

 

*A light breakfast with healthy options will be served.  If you are not actively caring for a loved one, and would like to contribute, please contact Sarah Dougherty at doughertyfam8@gmail.com  

Thank you!

 

...they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not worth much more than they? 

And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?...

But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 

Matthew 6: 26-27, 33

SEEKING CAREGIVERS?

but don't know where to start?  I recently shared what worked for us in my blog.  Click HERE to read.  I will have handouts of this at the next meeting as well.  Laurie 

"I CARE"
A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia
by
Jennifer Brush and Kerry Mills
(book review by Laurie Price)



 

If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, and are limited on time, this short book will be a very helpful resource for you.  It covers all the major areas you need to consider when helping.  It is an easy read, and gets right to the point. 

Chapters:

 

  • Controlling Yourself, Not the Circumstances
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  • Describing the Brain with Dementia
     
  • Putting Your Ducks in a Row
     
  • Staying Engaged
     
  • Creating Meaningful Time, Not just Passing the Time
     
  • Making the Home Safe and Supportive
     
  • Taking Care of Yourself
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  • Appendix:  A super helpful section with safety checklists, interview questions for potential care givers, behavioral log chart, and much more.
     

The authors approach care giving as "partnering" so that both the care giver and the loved one are fulfilled.  Giving and receiving, learning and helping together.  They use testimonials throughout to enhance the principles, from "care partners" they know.  One of their key principles is to accept the way things are so that you can have a meaningful experience together.  I heartily agree.

I recently had the opportunity to meet with Ms. Mills and found her to be enthusiastic and compassionate and extremely knowledgeable about dementia.  Everything she said resonated with me, as I was still caring for Gary at the time. 

From the introduction...


"Although Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia present daily challenges, we have confidence that this book will help you focus on the joys of what still is, rather than what is not.  Despite the despair that many families speak of, we believe there is more to the story and therefore want to offer you hope.  There will be days (hopefully many) when you will laugh; there will be days when you will be surprised by your own strength; there will be days when you learn new things about the person you have known for most of your life; there will be days when you realize your great love for this person; and there will be days when you will be acutely aware of his or her great love for you."


I found "I Care" on Amazon for about $10 and highly recommend this little book to you, as you navigate the new territory of dementia.  I found it to be helpful, but this review is not an endorsement by Grace Community Church. 
 

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