Ministry with Older Adults

"With long life I will satisfy them and show them my salvation."  Psalm 91:16

Lifespan Ministry with Older Adults is a ministry to meet the growing and diverse priorities of aging adults, their care partners and their congregations. Building on the work of the now completed Cape and Islands Mission Hub, and in response to a resolution adopted by the 2017 Diocesan Convention, Lifespan Ministry with Older Adults is devoted to supporting age inclusivity in our communities of faith.  Lifespan Ministry with Older Adults participants are ready to listen to the needs of faith communities in order to engage with and support ongoing development of a tool kit of relevant presentations and services. 

Fall 2022 retreat day for older adults

"The Way of Love for the Second Half of Life" retreat day for older adults takes place on Saturday, Oct. 1 in Duxbury.  Find more information and registration here.

Resources for congregations

Here are some presentations currently offered or under development by this ministry:

•    Becoming an Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly Congregation (Download the workbook below)
•    Continuing Faith Enhancement
•    Developing a Listening Presence
•    Supporting Care Partners

Resource-sharing during COVID-19

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the increase of online program offerings and resources offered by many faith-based and social service entities serving those involved in the support of older adults, the Lifespan mission team is open to accepting, for distribution to its network, information about related nonprofit institutional offerings and resources. Those interested in receiving such communications are invited to join the Lifespan Ministry's e-mail list by sending their e-mail address to philflaherty@outlook.com with the subject line “join the list.”  Those wishing to have relevant information shared should likewise send it to that same address. Lifespan Ministry reserves the right to filter content for appropriateness.

Lifespan Ministry with Older Adults contacts

For additional information or to schedule a presentation, contact the deacons serving as missioners for the Lifespan Ministry:

The Rev. Phil Flaherty, Missioner, at philflaherty@outlook.com or 617-257-8169

The Rev. Marilee Comerford, RN, Associate Missioner, at comerfordmarilee@gmail.com

Additional community resources

Lifespan Ministry is working in collaboration with other faith-based and secular organizations dedicated to providing support to older adults.  Here are some additional resources:

* Aging Services Resources by Town and The Family Caregiver Handbook are a compilation of resources developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.