Seminars for Life Care Communities

flower-garden-and-carportPhiladelphia Yearly Meeting offers seminars on topics of aging and spirituality for Friends and other persons living in life care communities.  The PYM Quaker Aging Resources effort to serve Quaker and non-Quaker residents of retirement communities is intended to affirm values and support spiritual life in these settings.

The seminars listed below may be presented as a series or as single events.  They can accommodate up to thirty participants and usually run two hours in length.

These seminars and Quaker Aging Resources are supported by a grant from Friends Foundation for the Aging.

Learning to face our own death means facing separation from the life we know and our loved ones.  Participants will learn how early experiences with death color how we look at our own passing.  Activities include exploring these influences in our lives, how they affect our thoughts about death and ways to express gratitude.

The effects of aging can create opportunities to delve deeper into one’s spiritual life, to discover new sources of inspiration and for inner transformation.  Seminar activities include: balancing action and reflection, developing realistic optimism and building a more nurturing future.

This seminar will explore ways of responding to change and loss, facing our fears, learn from experiences of grief and discover how we resist change and the impact it can have on our well-being.  Seminar activities include exploring what remains unfinished in our relationships, reducing anxieties and fears and learning how to free up energy for living.

Learning to face our own death means facing separation from the life we know and our loved ones.  Participants will learn how early experiences with death color how we look at our own passing.  Activities include exploring these influences in our lives, how they affect our thoughts about death and ways to express gratitude.

This seminar explores relating to persons with memory loss and dementia.  Participants learn how to connect to the essential spirit of a person when memory or cognitive skills are lost of lacking.  Seminar activities include understanding dementia and developing communication skills which include empathy, respect, playfulness, encouragement and love and compassion.