Drawing with caption: "Senior's Housing Project opened in 1992 fulfilling the vision of St. David's Church in Tsawwassen, B.C. The Foundation provided a grant towards furnishing the communal rooms". [Text of entire article.]
"The parish of St. Margaret of Scotland in the diocese of New Westminster is a step closer to creating a proposed eight-suite Abbeyfield Home for seniors. Burnaby city council recently approved a long-term land lease and subdivision of land for the home. The Abbeyfield Home is a joint project by the parish and the Burnaby Lion's Club". Text of entire article.
"You hold in your hands a resource of materials designed to help you and your diocese develop a ministry with older adults. It is one of the ways we hope to equip and support your ministry. It is in response to requests for such material from clergy and laity who attended a national consultation on aging in May 1987. It is meant to be a model which you can adapt for your diocese by including such local resources and information which is useful to your parishes. We hope that each parish will receive a copy of your resources manual". -- "Why a Resources Manual", p. 1.
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents divided into sections: Unit on Aging -- Section I : Your Diocese -- Section II : Facts on Aging -- Section III : Planning a Ministry -- Section IV : Program Ideas -- Section V : Resources -- Your Own Parish.
Two brochures from National Unit on Aging entitled "Life Long Living in the Church" in inside pocket of binder.
"One of the topics on the Agenda for the ninth Lambeth Conference being held in 1958 is `The Family in Modern Society'. The Church of England Moral Welfare Council was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury to prepare a report on this topic for the use of the Lambeth Conference. The Moral Welfare Council, in turn, contacted all of the Ecclesiastical Provinces in the Anglican Communion asking to be kept informed of any studies made concerning this subject. It was emphasized that two special concerns were Overpopulation and the Impact of Industrialization upon Family Life. At the request of the Primate, the General Secretary prepared a summary of factual information concerning the Canadian family for the consideration of the Canadian Bishops. This paper was read at the meeting of the House of Bishops in 1957 and at the request of the C.S.S. Executive and with the consent of the Primate is published in this Bulletin. The S.P.C.K. has published the Report of the special committee convened by the Moral Welfare Council, together with the Reports received from overseas, in `The Family in Contemporary Society'. The Canadian material is included in the publication and is reproduced in this issue of The Bulletin with the permission of the S.P.C.K." -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / Leonard F. Hatfield -- The Canadian Family, 1957 -- Bibliography -- An Extract from the Encyclical Letter, Lambeth 1958 -- Some Books in the C.S.S. Library on the Family.
Colour photo with caption: "Sherbrooke Community Centre, Saskatoon, SK. Spearheaded by Mr. Gillespie Wright, an active proponent of long-term care homes, a community society and centre were established in the early 1970s to provide day programs for adults and seniors. A truly ecumenical endeavour, which involved Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Mennonites, Presbyterians, United and AFC [Anglican Foundation of Canada], support was given to this centre which provided recreation, reactivation, physical, occupational and aquatic therapy to a large number of day residents". [Text of entire article.]
The Primate reflects on the ministry of the Rev. Canon Sid Davies, an honorary assistant at the parish of St. Michael and All Angels in Canning, Nova Scotia. The Primate was there "for commemoration of its 250th anniversary and the 200th of the opening of historic St. John's Church in Port Williams". "Sid was there, with his wife, Ruth. He is 99 and is looking forward to his 100th birthday on Sept. 1 . A priest for 71 years, Sid is no longer able to travel about the parish as much as he once could. Now he exercises his ministry by telephone. Every week he calls parishioners who are sick or shut-in and brings their pastoral or sacramental needs to the attention of the rector, the Rev. David Garrett". "Deeply moved by this man's passion for the gospel and his perseverance in prayer, I thought of Simeon .... I thought of how he and Anna rejoiced at the presentation of the Christ Child in the temple, that sacred moment we commemorate as Candlemas on Feb. 2. As we keep that feast this year, let us give thanks for the Simeons and Annas in our midst, and for all the elderly whose devotion to Christ inspires our own".
Archbishop Curtis reported that he along with the Roman Catholic and Lutheran bishops in his diocese recently met with representatives form the Marie Lebrec Centre, in Edmonton. The centre is a place for people they refer to as "the voiceless" (e.g. elderly people with diseases such as Alzheimer's etc.). Archbishop Curtis and his colleagues were asked if they would declare Thursday, May 20, 1999 a "Day of Compassion". A group from the centre are designing an ecumenical liturgy to be used on that day for those interested. Archbishop Curtis expressed his feeling that since the United Nations had declared 1999 to be the Year of the Older Person it was fitting to assign a day to "the voiceless" and encouraged his colleagues to participate.
Discussion followed. Bishop Stavert inquired about the process for making the "Day of Compassion" official at the national church level. The House heard that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) had agreed at their last meeting to participate. Bishop Baycroft suggested passing on information to the members of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) and also to the leaders of other faiths saying "We don't have a monopoly on older people."
That as part of the 1999 International Year of the Older Person, Canadian Anglicans be encouraged to observe Thursday, May 20 as a Day of Compassion for all voiceless seniors and that the dioceses give support to this observance by raising awareness of the rights of those suffering from Alzheimer's and related diseases to be cared for and loved in accordance with their inherent dignity and that this resolution be forwarded to the Council of General Synod. CARRIED #06-11-98
Bishop Valentine introduced Dr. David Skelton who is a geriatric specialist and ordained priest. He explained that Dr. Skelton and Archdeacon Ralph Baxter, out of their deep common concern for the elderly, have spearheaded the Elders in Ministry Project. Dr. Skelton thanked the Bishops for the opportunity to address the House. He provided background information on the study, noting that in geriatric medicine concern is for physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of life. He reported that, barring unforseen calamity, the world's population will double within the next thirty-five years.
Dr. Skelton explained that the purpose of the Project is to develop programs for use on the national, diocesan and local levels within the Church framework which will improve the quality of life of the elderly.
Dr. Skelton outlined the three phases of the Project as follows:
(i) to identify the needs and resources - (data is available through university computer facilities);
(ii) assessment of how older people view their needs to discover similarities and differences;
(iii) development of facilities to enable older people to become actively involved in both secular and church activities.
Using researched data, work out strategies to fill the identified gaps;
Implement programs and make them available to Church, society and government. Dr. Skelton noted that Bishop Valentine is Chairman of the Board which is centred in Winnipeg, and that there is a good representation of seniors on the Board. Dr. Skelton said that Archdeacon Ralph Baxter is fulltime Project Director, while he serves as technical adviser. Dr. Skelton urged those Bishops whose dioceses have not yet appointed a diocesan representative to convey the name of their representative to Canon Baxter as soon as possible. He noted that the United Nations has designated 1982 the Year of the Elderly, and suggested that a Senior Sunday may be set in the Fall of 1981 which would provide an opportunity for national coverage.
Dr. Skelton expressed appreciation to the Bishops for the opportunity to speak, and kindly offered to contribute the notes of his address. (Appendix D)
That this House recommend to the National Executive Council that it consider the possibility of including "Elders in Ministry" in the national program. CARRIED
Bishop Valentine kindly agreed to present this concern to the National Executive Council.
More and more people are taking up the challenge of caring for elderly relatives in the home. Article describes the situation of Toronto Bishop Taylor Pryce as he and his family cared for both his and his wife's mother.