Holiday Angst

These holidays from the end of November through the new year stress me out. This is not related to any past trauma or grief around this time of year, but the conflict between our cultural/national holiday rituals and those that have been observed in the traditions of the Christian faith for centuries.


Our Race with Time

On November 23rd, this year, I will celebrate my 92nd birthday with the same words I’ve been using for the past few years: “Where DID the time go? What did I do with the three hundred and sixty-five days and nights I’ve just completed. What did I learn? How am I different from the person I was a year...

Life Is Not Fair

What is fair? What do we really mean when we say (usually with our hands clenched and our faces grimacing), “It’s Not Fair!”


Dripping and Sticky With Love

At the age of 40, Karen, a single mother of two, was diagnosed with colon cancer that had spread to her liver. It was a devastating diagnosis. As her parish nurse, I was with her when she was diagnosed and throughout her treatment. Two years later, I was also with her days before she died. This is...

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Transforming aging, one person at a time.

At the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging, we’re seek to be:

  • A joyful, spiritually vibrant, multigenerational, multicultural COMMUNITY of individuals and organizations who, together, are discovering the riches of abundant aging.
  • A courageous advocate for justice and an inclusive society that works to CONQUER AGEISM.
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Let Us Come to You: Discover our presentations and workshops created for your congregation, organization or community. All programs are designed to help you and your group start talking and thinking about aging in new ways. Learn more about Engagement

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When you live abundantly, you’re spiritually fulfilled. You feel empowered to discover meaning and purpose in your life. You feel inspired to engage in your community, build relationships with family and friends and fulfill your physical, spiritual, intellectual, emotional and social needs.

“The greatest limitation facing older adults is not physical or mental handicaps but rather the negative stereotypes that exist regarding aging.”

– Linda Woolf, Professor of Psychology, Webster University

The Art of Aging Podcast

The Art of Aging Podcast is sponsored by the Parker Center and produced by a fellow with The Dayton Foundation Encore Fellows Initiative, which provides fellowship opportunities for older adults. This podcast offers ideas, information and inspiration on how to improve our lives as we grow older.

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Upcoming Events

WISDOM CONVERSATIONS 2023: The Power in Ministries with Older Adults Quarterly Conversation – Ministries for People Experiencing Dementia and Their Caregivers

Tuesday, August 29, 2023
3:00 – 4:00 ET

A ZoomMeet for clergy and lay who work with and among older adults. Daphne Johnston will share her incredible story of how ordinary people can make a meaningful impact for older adults trying to find community while living with a disease or simply struggling to find purpose as they age. There is no cost.

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2023 Annual Symposium

Dismantling Ageism: How Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination Based on Age Affect Us All
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tracey Gendron

Friday, October 6, 2023

9:00 AM – 3:30 PM EST

Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center Columbus, Ohio

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