St. James' Episcopal Church
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Caregivers of Aging Parents

"This month and throughout the year, let the quiet perseverance of our family caregivers remind us of the decency and kindness to which we can all aspire."
President Barack Obama, 2011's NFC Proclamation

Becoming "parent of your parent" can be an emotionally challenging process, yet it is the story of many of us caring for elderly parents. Caregivers of Aging Parents ministry is a group of parishioners devoted to supporting those who are wrestling with the challenges of this demanding role. Through our own life experiences; we provide practical, emotional, and spiritual support to those who currently care for their aging parent or family member, or anticipate this role in the future.

This ministry instructs caregivers on ways to prepare and "weather the stormy seas" of their new role through its educational seminars on topics unique to them. See below for links to practical resources for people wishing to learn more about local support services and other community groups focused on caregiving. See our Talent Bank for caregivers interested in contacting a parishioner with experience in many topics related to caring for the elderly. Regular meetings foster fellowship, and give members a chance to share experiences and support one another emotionally and spiritually.

The Caregivers of Aging Parents ministry was featured on the PBS program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly in the segment "Caring for an Aging Parent" on Friday, April 13, 2012. Check out the article and segment at Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.

Congratulations to the Caregivers of Aging Parents ministry! The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) has awarded a Clarion Award to the PBS' Religion & Ethics Newsweekly segment "Caring for an Aging Parent" (see above), featuring our own Anne Stine and the Caregivers of Aging Parents ministry. Started in 1972, the Clarion Awards honor excellence in more than 100 categories across all communications disciplines.

If you are interested in learning more about our ministry, please contact Church Office.

Spiritual Support

Caregiver Local Resources

Caregiver Tools

Upcoming Caregiver Events at St. James'

Talent Bank Survey

Talent Bank

Look with mercy, O God our Father, on all whose increasing years bring them weakness, distress or isolation. Provide them homes of dignity and peace; give them understanding helpers, and the willingness to accept help; and, as their strength diminishes, increase their faith and their assurance of your love. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Book of Commom Prayer, p. 830
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