Faith Formation with Older Adults
The dramatic increase in the number of people reaching age sixty-five, coupled with their increased life expectancy, has expanded the classification of those age sixty-five and older to include three subpopulations commonly referred to as: 1) the “young old” (65–74) or Mature Adults; 2) the “old” (75–84), a relatively small group compared to the rising boomers, but are still active and involved with their families, communities, and churches; and 3) the “oldest-old” (85+), proportionately the fastest-growing segment of the total population today, representing 10 percent of the older population and will more than triple by 2050. The following summary, based on his chapter, presents key developmental, generational, and religious/spiritual perspectives on older adulthood drawn from a variety of research studies and analysis.
Principles & Practices
Feature: Faith Formation with Older Adults - Dorothy Linthicum
Dorothy Linthicum, one of the authors of The Seasons of Adult Faith Formation, describes effective practices and strategies for faith formation with older adults.
The Challenges and Opportunities for Faith Formation with Maturing Adults - Janet Schaeffler
This article present a profile of maturing adults today and five elements for ministry and adult faith formation with mature adults
Faith Formation with Maturing Adults - Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson outlines sixteen fundamental tasks, overarching units of faith-work, which serve as the scaffolding for comprehensive faith formation programs for maturing adults.
Old Adults: Stewards of God's Creation (Issues in Christian Education, Summer 2014)
Churches Responding to the Age Way: Top Innovations in Older Adult Ministry - Amy Hanson
America is aging and older adult ministry of today is not the same as it was 30 years ago. A one size fits all approach to ministry has been replaced with a variety of fresh ideas that recognize the multiple needs, interests, and abilities of older adults.
Creating New Ways for Adults to Serve - Amy Hanson
Across the nation, both secular organizations and faith-based communities are recognizing the invaluable resource resident in older adults. A number of leading churches in older adult ministry are finding creative ways of engaging their people in ministry and encouraging them to use their time and resources for Kingdom expansion.
NYC Nonprofit Keeps Seniors Connected across the Generations - Ansley Roan
With a network of volunteers from teenagers to young professionals and entire families, Dorot alleviates social isolation among the elderly by keeping them connected across the generations.