Posts Tagged: aging

Please, Please, Have This Vital Conversation



I do not know of any colleague who has not, at one time or another, sat with a family as a loved one neared the end of life. It can be a heart-wrenching, spiritual, troublesome, anxious and fulfilling encounter — all at the same time. Sadly, too many families find themselves alone and adrift in […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease: A New Frontier in Health and Wellness



by Rabbi Douglas Kohn My grandfather was looking at me through empty eyes. His scruffy mustache was unmoving; he was just staring. My dad was making simple, small talk, but grandpa was just staring. I couldn’t recall then – and I can’t recall now, 20 years later – when was the last time I’d had […]

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Rabbi Sally Priesand on “The Art of Aging”



Have you been reading this year’s Jewels of Elul, daily stories to guide your pre-High Holy Days introspection? The most recent “jewel,” on the topic of aging, is written by a familiar name: Rabbi Sally J. Priesand, the first ordained female rabbi. In “Not Yet,” Rabbi Priesand begins, In a dilapidated log cabin, near a […]

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Jewels of Elul: “Winter Has its Beauty and its Joys”



In his introduction to musician Craig Taubman’s annual “Jewels of Elul,” project Rabbi David Wolpe writes, “Here is a booklet full of wisdom about age and aging, the land we will all visit if we are blessed. As each year passes, clap your hands and sing. Spring is green and vital, but winter has its […]

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Aging of Reform Congregations



by George Rosenbaum Many Reform congregations struggle with membership renewal as the proportion of their older members increases. Aging members gradually become less active in the congregation as energy or health wanes and travel becomes more difficult. Although members are living longer now than prior generations, congregations face difficulty in retaining members who are reaching […]

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Caring Community on a Fixed Income



A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the impact of the current economic difficulties on the elderly, especially those who are on fixed incomes and frail. The article reminded me of ways that our congregations can enhance their mission of being  a “caring community” (with no or little cost to the congregation).

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Where are we?



In developing our project on the aging of the baby boomers (Sacred Aging) a host of questions have emerged. Many have to do with how we, given the gift, we pray, of longevity, can continue to answer God’s question of Genesis 3: “where are you?” (ayecha) So, I decided to try and start a small […]

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This Is Your Brain On Age



Baseball is a great game. Often, a lot of attention gets paid to the phenom, the “kid.” As teams adjust and reality sets in, the reason returns and we often again celebrate the “crafty veteran.” It seems that in baseball, as in life, wisdom trumps knowledge.A recent piece in the New York Times titled “Older Brain Really […]

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