Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, the symbolic beginning of Jesus' 40 days of fasting in the desert before beginning his public ministry. During Lent, believers similarly practice various forms of reflection, simplicity, penance, and prayer. Lent then leads up to Easter, recalling Jesus' death and resurrection.
Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. No matter your health and physical abilities, you can gain a lot by staying active. Research shows that exercise and physical activity can help
Sir William Osler, in an address given at Johns Hopkins University in 1905, declared men over the age of 60 to be useless. "My second fixed idea is the uselessness of men above 60 years of age, and the incalculable benefit it would be in commercial, political, and professional life, if, as a matter of course, men stopped work at this age."
This summer, a staff member at my grandmother's nursing home noticed all the announcements around our community for Vacation Bible School programs. She began talking with the residents about their VBS experiences, many of them as teachers over the years. As they reminisced, the idea came to her to bring VBS back to them.
I first became aware of the relentless process of aging in an unexpected way. I was a college pastor, 37 years old, and a student from the campus across the street had come for an appointment. She talked out her problem, and we prayed. As she got up to leave, she said with a warm smile, "Thanks very much for seeing me; I thought it would be good for me to talk to someone middle-aged."
The Bible makes us aware of the shortness of time and the frailty of human existence. Amidst all the messages we receive from those who want our money
and our attention, to fleece us or divert us, the Bible speaks to us with calm, clear majesty about the things that really matter.
(It is important to be careful with those remedies announced to ease arthritis pain because sometimes they can have serious side effects. Here we disclose some general considerations to on this subject.)
(Like in many other ailments, to remain active makes an important difference for the bettering of patients. Here we describe briefly what someone suffering from arthritis can do to improve his or her well-being. We encourage you to click on the website link at the bottom of this page to obtain useful information)
Three important aspects of elderly life in which an intimate relationship with God can make a difference are described in this part of the article that we hope will offer useful information to senior leaders and ministers alike.