Alzheimer’s and dementia: Ministering with the forgotten
There are 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. It’s the 6th leading cause of death, killing more people than breast and prostate cancers combined. Currently there is no cure.
Church's opportunity to respond
Out of his experience as his wife Linda’s caregiver and as volunteer chaplain at memory care unit, Bishop Carder realized that The United Methodist Church is in a unique position to be in mission and ministry with those who have Alzheimer’s and other dementias as well as their families and caregivers.
To help congregations respond to this growing need, Bishop Carder has created a free small group study, which will help them explore topics such as:
- The impact and challenges of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia
- The theological basis for church involvement
- Practical and specific ways local congregations can be involved in caring for those with dementia and their caregivers
- Ways we can communicate, interact, and even worship with people who have Alzheimer’s and dementia
See below for more information about this study, Bishop Carder's personal journey as a caregiver, and stories of how churches are providing care for those dealing with dementia.
Bishop’s new Alzheimer study helps congregations care for those with dementia
“The church has the unique opportunity, even responsibility, to minister to the needs of people who are suffering from neurological cognitive disorders as well as the families,“ says Bishop Carder. Read More
Alzheimer’s/Dementia: Ministry With the Forgotten study
This free five-part study was created by Bishop Ken Carder, whose wife is living with dementia, to help congregations minister to those with dementia as well as their caregivers. View
10 ways to minister to those with dementia and their families
Bishop Ken Carder urges churches to integrate these persons into the life of the congregation. “Ministry with people with dementia is a wonderful opportunity to experience the presence of God.” Read More
Retired bishop serves memory care unit as chaplain
Bishop Kenneth Carder’s experience with his wife’s dementia leads him to a new ministry assignment that he’s happy to have. Read More
Alzheimer’s program boosts more than the brain
Activities exercising their bodies and their minds are offered to members of the Brain Fitness Club for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Read More