Spirituality and Aging

First Day Program Highlights Resources for Aging Friends

Thinking about and planning for the aging process raises practical and spiritual questions, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Care and Aging Coordinator George Schaefer and Aging Resource Coordinator Tricia Coscia said during a First Day School presentation on Oct. 30.

With more Friends “aging in place,” or remaining in their homes, they and the members of meetings that support them face significant challenges to answer the call to care for body, mind and spirit, Schaefer said.

The PYM Care and Aging Program offers a wide array of print and electronic resources to help Friends and friends of Friends cope with the aging process from both a practical and a spiritual point of view.

The materials can promote conversations between aging Friends, their families and meeting members who wish to support them, Coscia said.

The website and brochures on a host of specific topics can serve Care Committees and others who have a leading to explore aging as a spiritual discernment, Schaefer said.

To learn more, visit www.QuakerAgingResources.org

Submitted by Sarah Greenblatt

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