Older Adult ministries 

Silver Linings- April 2018

Featured Hymn
Easter hymns are appropriate for worship on any Sunday until Pentecost. Here’s one to consider:

“That Easter day with joy was bright, the sun shone out with fairer light, when, to their longing eyes restored, the glad apostles saw their Lord.
His risen flesh with radiance glowed, his wounded hands and feet he showed those scars their solemn witness gave that Christ was risen from the grave.
O Jesus, strong in gentleness, come now yourself our hearts possess, that we may give you all our days the tribute of our grateful praise.
Come, risen Christ, with us abide in this our joyful Eastertide; your own redeem-ed forever shield from ev’ry weapon death can wield.”

The text of this hymn dates to the 5th century, making one of the oldest hymns in the Chalice Hymnal It is #229. Consider singing it this Eastertide.


Now that we’ve either filed, or will soon file our income tax returns for 2017, it’s time to get our minds off of money and onto something else. An anonymous Senior Adult posed this question to Jim Miller, Editor of “Savvy Living.” “I’ve fallen several times over the past year and my doctor has recommended that I start a strength train ing program to help prevent future falls. But at age 71, I’ve never lifted weights before and could use some help. What can you tell me?” H Miller’s response to this question follows. “Weak leg muscles and poor balance are two of the biggest factors that cause Senior Adults to fall. Most people begin to lose about 1% of their muscle mass each year beyond the age of 40, which really adds up over time. But study after study has shown that it’s never too late to rebuild muscle through strength training. Resistance exercise and strength training can help you build muscle strength, increase your bone density, improve your balaance, coordination and stamina and will help prevent falls. It can also help reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic condi- tions like arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, back pain, depression and obesity. Some studies even show that it helps improve cognitive function, too.

Here are some simple ways to help you get stronger.
1) Getting Started
 After you get your doctor’s approval, consider working with a professional trainer or physical therapist for a few sessions to help you develop a safe and effective routine you can continue on your own. You might also go to this web site: GrowingStronger.Nutrition.Tufts.edu for a free program from Tufts University in Boston and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also see Go4Life.NIA.NiH.gov, a resource created by the National Institute on Aging that offers a free exercise guide, which includes illustrations of examples of exercises you can do at home to strengthen your body. You can order free copies online or by calling 800-222-2225. To improve your strength your should try to exercise at least two or three days a week for 30 to 45 minutes, increasing resistance and the number of repetitions over time. Be sure you give your muscles a day off between workouts. It makes the muscle stronger and better equipped to resist future injuries.

2) Equipment
If you work out at home, you will probably need to invest in some equipment. While some strength training can be done using your own body weight, like push-ups, sit-ups and squats, hand weights, ankle weights, medicine balls, resistance bands and rubber tubing are all great tools for strength training. You can find all of these products at sporting goods stores or online for around $10 or less. Cans of soup, water bottles or plastic milk containers filled with water or sand may also be used in place of small hand weights for resistance.

3) Senior Classes
If you don’t like exercising alone, consider joining a gym or call your local Senior Center to see if they offer and strength training classes. You should also check out Silver Sneakers at SilverSneakers.com, or by callIng them at 888-423-4632. Another option is Silver&Fit at SilverandFit.com. Their phone number is: 877-427-4788. These are two fitness programs for Seniors that are offered in thousands of fitness centers, gyms and YMCA’s throughout the U.S. that offer special classes designed for older adults. These programs are usually available for free to Seniors who have certain Medicare supplemental policies or Medicare Advantage plans.

4) Aerobic and Balance Exercises
Some other good fall-prevention exercises that can help you get stronger include aerobic activities, such as walking, cycling, and water aerobics. If you would like to improve your balance you might consider tai chi, or a number of simple balance exercises that you can do at anytime. These include standing on one foot for 30 seconds then switching to the other foot, plus walking heel0to0toe across the room.” On a personal note, your Editor and his wife have been involved for two years plus in an exercise program we learned about through our health insurance. We go to a gym, close to our home, three times a week. We use its equipment-- stationary bikes, treadmills a wide variety of weight machines and more--for 30 to 45 minutes each session. The monthly fee of $25 for each of us is reimbursed by our health insurance provider. We enjoy this program, as well as the camaraderie with other Seniors Adults, including one 94 year old woman who is a member. Such programs are most likely available where you live!


The New Theological Seminary of the West recently announced the dates for the 2018 Course that leads participants to receiving the Spirituality and Aging Certificate. This program begins with a Retreat that is followed by four monthly sessions.

Here’s the schedule for later this year and early 2019:

Saturday, September 8, 2018: Orientation Retreat
Saturday, October 13, 2018 Course 1: “Aging Defined”
Saturday, November 10, 2018 Course 2: “Spirituality and Aging”
Saturday, January 12, 2019 Course 3: “Aging in Context”
Saturday, February 9, 2019 Course 4: “Spirituality & Organizational Theory"

The location for these sessions will be determined by the registrations that are received. This information will be announced to those who register, as well as to the general public in August.

For more information about this course and/or to register for it, contact the New Theological Seminary of the West. The phone number is: 626-765-9500. Their website is: www.ntswest.org. Their e-mail address is: info@ntswest.org. You can also learn more about this program by visiting their webpage at: ntswest.org/academics/courses-offered. Or Call Doug Edwards, Church Outreach, at 626-756-7170.


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