50 Million American Caregivers face challenges. We’re sharing solutions.

This Week’s News

Tell friends about this new online resource section, We Are Caregivers. Got questions or suggestions for stories we should share? Contact us at [email protected].

Joining with the Solutions Journalism Network to help caregivers

OUR PUBLISHING HOUSE is making an ongoing commitment to collaborate with the Journalism Solutions Network (JSN) to encourage news media coverage of helpful ideas for America’s more than 50 million caregivers—especially those who serve as lifelines for aging men and women. In this story, we report on the JSN’s efforts, then we link to the new JSN website that showcases recent reporting—and finally we share a video-preview of our own important contribution to this network: the new book “Now What? A Guide to the Gifts and Challenges of Aging.” 

Catholic Nuns are in decline, but they’re also a font of creativity

PATRICIA MONTEMURRI, one of the veteran writers who contributed to the new “Now What?” book just published a major magazine-style overview for The Detroit Free Press exploring the challenges facing Catholic women religious. The headline on her story captures this fascinating article’s theme: “What is the future for Catholic sisters? There isn’t just one answer but there is hope in what is happening in Michigan and the nation.” (PLEASE NOTE: We apologize in advance if you cannot see this story. We are aware that the Free Press website has a paywall that bars non-subscribers from seeing much content. However, the site does allow a very limited number of articles to be read. Patricia’s feature story is so compelling, we’re hoping you’ll be able to read it.)

Pastoral Caregiving in America’s Struggle for Justice

CAREGIVING TAKES MANY FORMS and clergy across the United States devoted prayers and spiritual counsel for worshipers over the past week as the trial over the death of George Floyd nears its conclusion. One that especially caught our eye was this eloquent pastoral letter from Bishop David Bard, who oversees United Methodist congregations across Michigan and Minnesota. Bard’s headline: Repairing the Breach, Restoring the Streets.

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Assuring a Joyous Ramadan; a Vatican teaching document—and shaping your spiritual legacy

Weekly News, April 12, 2021

Pandemic Precautions Can Assure a Joyous Ramadan

AROUND THE WORLD, a huge caregiving challenge is emerging in Muslim communities approaching their second Ramadan in the midst of the COVID pandemic. After last year’s enforced separation during this joyous month of gatherings, many people are especially eager to see relatives, enjoy big dinners when the daily fast ends at sundown, and return to mosques. In this story, published in the Dearborn, Michigan, newspaper, our author Najah Bazzy (who contributed to our new guide for caregivers, Now What?) explains some of the steps Muslims of all ages are taking this year to assure a safe and joyous month-long festival.

Download the Vatican’s ‘Old Age, Our Future’

OUR COLLEAGUE IN ITALY, journalist Elisa Di Benedetto (who also contributed to Now What?), recently reported on the Vatican’s efforts to raise awareness of the millions of older men and women around the world who need additional assistance. The Vatican’s latest teaching document, called Old Age, Our Future, is 11 pages long and was published to spark conversation about this moral imperative—especially since the COVID pandemic has affected caregiving relationships. Care to read and share this new document? A PDF of the Vatican text is free to download from a link in Elisa’s story, which was published by the International Association of Religion Journalists.

What Will Be Your legacy? Learn to write a ‘Spiritual Will’

BILL TAMMEUS, one of our nation’s leading journalists and the author of the new Love, Loss and Enduranceis extending a virtual invitation to anyone who would like to participate in a class he is teaching at 7 p.m. (CDT) on April 22, 2021, via Zoom. The class title is How to Write Your Spiritual Will. Bill explains: “In a last will and testament, people list the valuables they are giving away. But in a spiritual will, they pass along not their valuables but their values—to children, grandchildren, friends. Which is to say that they communicate to those who follow them what was important to them, how they drew meaning from life, what they stood for. I will be leading a Zoom class on how to write your spiritual will. Sign up by emailing me at [email protected] and receive some resources to be used that evening. Questions? Email me or call me at 816-926-0366.

 

Video News about Caregiving; Writing Your Spiritual Will—and ‘When om can help you take care of Mom’

Weekly News, April 5, 2021

Tell friends about this new online resource section, We Are Caregivers. Each week, we will be sharing headline news to help America’s more than 50 million caregivers—as well as everyone receiving their care. Got questions or suggestions for stories we should share? Contact us at [email protected].

Stream our ‘Now What?’ launch video

YOU CAN SPARK DISCUSSION WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, which may encourage local efforts to help caregivers in your community. What is this video? Front Edge Publishing co-hosted a national launch event via Zoom to showcase many of the contributing experts, non-profit agencies and institutions helping to connect families with the new book, Now What? A Guide to the Gifts and Challenges of Aging. We designed the launch event (and resulting video) as a series of short talks by nine experts and community leaders. Please, take a look and share this video with others.

What Will Be Your legacy? Learn to write a ‘Spiritual Will’

BILL TAMMEUS, one of our nation’s leading journalists and the author of the new Love, Loss and Enduranceis extending a virtual invitation to anyone who would like to participate in a class he is teaching at 7 p.m. (CDT) on April 22, 2021, via Zoom. The class title is How to Write Your Spiritual Will. Bill explains: “In a last will and testament, people list the valuables they are giving away. But in a spiritual will, they pass along not their valuables but their values—to children, grandchildren, friends. Which is to say that they communicate to those who follow them what was important to them, how they drew meaning from life, what they stood for. I will be leading a Zoom class on how to write your spiritual will. Sign up by emailing me at [email protected] and receive some resources to be used that evening. Questions? Email me or call me at 816-926-0366.

Stressed? Mindfulness May Help!

MINDFULNESS MAY HELP!—WXXI’s Morning Edition host Beth Adams’ new story is headlined: When ‘om’ can help you take care of Mom: Meditation, mindfulness useful tools for many caregivers. If you visit that link, you can read a text version, complete with photos and links to other resources, or you can listen to a 9-minute audio version of Beth’s story . This report was produced through the New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative.

 

Stream our ‘Now What?’ launch video to spark discussion with family and friends in your community

WATCH IT HERE. THEN, SHARE IT WITH FRIENDS.

49 Minutes. 9 Voices. Lots of Helpful Ideas!

In late March, 2021, Front Edge Publishing co-hosted a national launch event via Zoom to showcase many of the contributing experts, non-profit agencies and institutions helping to connect families with the new book, Now What? A Guide to the Gifts and Challenges of Aging.

We designed the launch event as a series of short talks by experts in everything from how to get your congregation more involved in helping local caregivers—to how to get more value from hospice programs in your part of the country. You’ll find a longer list of this book’s many topics below.

Click the cover to visit the book’s Amazon page.

PLEASE, JOIN US IN SHARING THIS NEWS

Already, dozens of men and women with wide-ranging expertise devoted a year to collecting and organizing the helpful information in this book for America’s more than 50 million unpaid caregivers—and also for Americans who are experiencing both the gifts and the critical challenges of aging, first hand. Quite frankly, pretty much all of us can benefit from this new book.

Topics included in Now What?

  • You Are Not Alone: Connecting in healthy ways with our community
  • Our Allies: Organizing a successful team
  • Our Gifts: All of us have strengths that give our lives meaning
  • Our Service: Using our unique talents to create meaningful change
  • Saging, Not Aging: A transcultural perspective on our gifts as we age
  • Going Online: Safety connecting with friends and family on social media
  • Caring for Our Caregivers: More than 50 million Americans devote their lives to our care
  • Connecting with a Congregation: Joining a congregation is a healthy step
  • Mobility Matters! Should we stop driving? And, if we do, what now?
  • Home Safe Home: Making sure “home” equals “healthy”
  • Emergency Preparedness: A 10-point safety list to help you sleep soundly
  • Don’t Throw that Away! Downsizing and the challenges of hoarding
  • Hidden Challenges and Helplines: Identifying easily overlooked issues before they become crises
  • A Trip to the Doctor: Plan ahead to make the most of your healthcare team
  • Directing Our Care: Advance directives, power of attorney, living wills and DNRs
  • Enjoying Life: Having fun is healthy!
  • What Is Hospice Care? Finding comfort and peace at the end of life

Order from Amazon by clicking on the book cover, above. Or learn more about this project—and ways to order this book in quantity for groups—by visiting the book’s main resource page:

HealthyAgingBook.com