Create a Dementia Ministry for Your Church with This 5-Week Bible Study
Spouses now make up the largest group of dementia caregivers (Daley et al., 2017). Many husbands and wives are turning to their churches for help and have not found the support they need.
Congregations want to care for them but don’t know how. Sanctuary in the Midst of Alzheimer's will change that.
This ministry is comprised of two separate but parallel studies subtitled, “Providing Sanctuary” (for pastors and congregation members) and “Seeking Sanctuary” (for spousal caregivers). Ideally, these studies occur simultaneously; however, an increasing number of places, such as assisted living and retirement communities, are adapting either one or both studies to cater to the needs of their population. Used separately, each study can be used to facilitate a 4-week spousal support group or as an educational program for those wanting to know how to better support dementia caregivers. Both studies use scripture and personal narratives as the foundation for discussion. Anyone can lead the discussions, as directions are provided within each week’s lesson.
Elizabeth Shulman has been in ministry for over 27 years. She was a spousal caregiver for 8 years. That experience led to her doctoral work in studying the impact of dementia on marriage and for spouses of dementia patients. She has interviewed hundreds of spousal caregivers. Their stories, framed by scripture, are the foundation for Sanctuary in the Midst of Alzheimer's. Dr. Shulman is currently working on writing her second and third books; a Bible study for adult children caring for a parent with dementia, and Mary and Martha Caregiving, a resource that provides guidance for both the physical and emotional aspects to dementia caregiving. To learn more about her, visit her website at www.elizabethshulman.com
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