Wisdom Conversations:
opportunity for learning and sharing experiences of ministry with older adults


Ministry and Dementia: In our fourth annual event, we will explore ways to be in ministry with and support for those who are experiencing cognitive decline and their caregivers.


Wisdom Conversations

Tuesdays: February 2, 9, 16

3:00 – 5:00 EST (2:00 -4:00 Central)

$15 registration fee for the series of three webinars

Presenters: Rev. John and Dr. Susan McFadden

 

This series will be held in two-hour Zoomed sessions, with time for conversations in small groups.

Conference Schedule: Wisdom Conversations 2021: Ministry and Dementia

Feb 2
Feb 9
Feb 16
15:00 - 17:00
DEMENTIA: What we know. What we don’t know.

SESSION ONE: What information is most important for clergy and lay leaders?

Some topics to be addressed:

  • Why clergy, lay leaders, and congregations need to understand dementia
  • The biomedical terminology used to describe the different types of dementia
  • The limitations of biomedical terminology
    • Dementia stigma: Origins of stigma; theological critiques
  • Individual differences in how dementia is experienced by the person with the cognitive challenges and by care partners
  • How situating this discussion within a theological perspective affects our attitudes about dementia and people experiencing it
DEMENTIA: What we know. What we don’t know. image
John T. McFadden, M.Div
DEMENTIA: What we know. What we don’t know. image
Susan H. McFadden, Ph.D.
15:00 - 17:00
DEMENTIA: What is “normal” aging and what is not

SESSION TWO: “I’m worried about my memory. My thinking has changed. I’m scared.” Compassionate responses to people with subjective memory concerns.

Topics to be addressed:

  • What’s normal about memory and aging? When should you talk with your doctor?
  • Wisdom conversations with people worried about their cognitive functions
    • How to have the conversation when we note changes that aren’t acknowledged by our friend, family member, or church member
  • Theological guidance for these conversations
  • Getting a diagnosis
    • What can people expect about the process?
    • What influences how people respond to receiving a diagnosis?
    • What should be considered in regard to telling others about the diagnosis?
  • Personal and Professional insights from Revs. Scott and Karen Grisswold, pastors of South Vienna United Church
DEMENTIA: What is “normal” aging and what is not image
Susan H. McFadden, Ph.D.
DEMENTIA: What is “normal” aging and what is not image
John T. McFadden, M.Div
15:00 - 17:00
MINISTRY and DEMENTIA: New opportunities for meaning and joy

SESSION THREE: Ministry with those living with dementia and learning to live with a progressive condition that will produce loss but also opportunities for new forms of joy and meaning.

Topics to be considered in terms of different points in the journey:

  • Theological reflections on responses to a progressive condition
  • Spiritual care: how will it change with dementia progression?
  • Worship: what accommodations may be needed?
  • Opportunities to serve: how can they be offered along the way?
  • End of life care
MINISTRY and DEMENTIA: New opportunities for meaning and joy image
John T. McFadden, M.Div
MINISTRY and DEMENTIA: New opportunities for meaning and joy image
Susan H. McFadden, Ph.D.
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