"Prepared at the request of the National Unit on Aging, Anglican Church of Canada".
"Halifax, Nova Scotia. July 1988".
At head of title: A multi-disciplinary bibliography and resource information.
Contents: For the Information of Users -- [Author Information] M. Doreen E. Fraser -- Table of Contents -- List of Appendices -- Cross References -- Parish Preparation: Handbooks, Resources -- Abuse and Neglect: Literature -- Accommodation: Housing, Residential Care -- Ageing: Information Resources, Audiovisuals -- Ageing: Its Variations -- Community and Communities -- Crime -- Doctors and Patients -- Drugs and the Elderly -- Dying -- Education -- Ethics -- Families and Their Older Members -- Geriatric Day Care -- Geriatric Health Care -- Healthy Ageing -- Laws and Legislation -- Rights and Obligations -- Transportation -- Treatments -- Well-being -- Appendix I: Canadian Gerontology Research Centres, Institutes and Societies -- Appendix II: Federal/Provincial Government Services and Advisory Councils -- Appendix III: Selection of Pertinent Organizations -- Appendix IV: Skeleton Outline for a local Directory of Emergency/Crisis Services.
"Are our churches ready for the 'greying' of Canada ? Last year, Statistics Canada reported that for the first time since 1871, Canadians 65 and older outnumber those under 14. There are 5.9 million seniors, compared to 5.8 million children". "The greying of Canada presents not just challenges, but opportunities, especially for churches". "There has been a tendency to view this demographic change with alarm, as a portent of the church's precipitous decline." "Not all older people are the same". "Some need pastoral care; others want to offer pastoral care". "Churches need too be mindful of these and other differences when introducing ministries and yes, vocations, for seniors. It's important to recognize that seniors have their own unique needs, but they also have gifts to offer. Some are using time regained in retirement to go back to church, rediscover their faith and be of service to others".
"With clarity and candour, and from personal experience with Parkinson's Disease, Sister Thelma-Anne explores the issues that face individuals with chronic, progressive illness, their care partners, family, and friends. Helpful suggestions for coping with chronic illness are included. Spiritual reflections and prayers for individuals and study groups deepen our understanding of the transforming power of God's love. Sister Thelma-Anne invites is all, whatever our faith or philosophy, to share in her story -- its joys and frustrations, its lessons, its struggles, and above all, its many blessings". -- back cover.
Contents: Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Life before Parkinson's -- The Stranger Who Came to Stay -- Through the Gate -- The Long Haul Begins -- A Journey Just Begun -- Healing Where There Is No Cure -- Intermezzo -- Coming Home to a Strange Land -- The Way of Wisdom -- Bridging the Great Divide -- A Whiff of Tribulation -- The Struggle and the Stripping -- A Taste of Resurrection -- Some Down-to-Earth Suggestions.
"The latter years may be a time of loneliness, withdrawal and fears or alternatively a serene flowering of much that has been growing throughout a long life. A skilled and loving ministry to the aging can be an important factor in dispelling the former and supporting the latter and is increasing a challenge and incentive to clergy and people. In meeting this challenge a parish can be greatly enriched through the faith, wisdom and experience of its older members." -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction / Maurice P. Wilkinson -- The Problems of Aging and Old Age / J.R.D. Bayne -- Ministering to the Older Person in the Urban Parish / Paul E.F. Brillinger -- Gaiety and Action / Muriel Hooper -- Bibliography -- A Meditation onAge for use in groups or by individuals -- Addendum -- For Thought and Action.
"Sr. Constance Murphy, the oldest nun at the Sisters of St. John the Divine (SSJD) convent in Toronto, died peacefully on Aug. 2, 2013, after a long life devoted to giving and service to others, young and old. She was 109. Born in Baltimore, Md., in 1904, Sr. Constance earned an education degree in 1928. She entered the SSJD in 1933 and became a sister in 1936, then went on to become head mistress of the Qu'Appelle Diocesan School in Regina. Later, Sr. Constance's ministry focused on the elderly. In 1973, at the age of 73, she completed a master's degree in adult education with a certificate in gerontology. She advocated for the aged and was an outspoken critic of ageism. Even at age 99, she was still busy ministering to the residents of two Toronto seniors' care centres. 'She was a jewel', said the Rev. Canon Derwyn Shea, rector of St. Hilda's Towers". [Text of entire article.]
Foreword by the Rt. Rev. Terence Finlay, Bishop of Toronto.
Sister Constance was born Constance Elizabeth Murphy on 2 February 1904. "In her narrative, written over a period of three years with the assistance of David A. Kent, Sr. Constance describes her childhood and youth in Baltimore, Maryland; her decision to enter the religious life in a new city and country, Toronto, Canada; her years of teaching and then her position as Head Mistress of Qu'Appelle Diocesan School in Regina, Saskatchewan; her return east in the 1950s to become Head of the Home for the Aged; and her later work with the elderly. She also provides practical suggestions for ministering to the elderly as well as thoughtful reflections on aging". -- back cover.
Contents: Acknowledgements dated Toronto, May 1997 / Sister Constance, S.S.J.D. -- Foreword dated Toronto, February 9, 1997, Commemoration of Hannah Grier Coome, Religious Founder of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine / Terence Finlay, Bishop of Toronto -- Introduction -- "Fire Baby": My Family Roots -- From Europe to Religious Vocation, 1929-1936 -- Teaching at Aurora (1937-1938) and at Qu'Appelle Diocesan School (1938-1955) -- The Church Home for the Aged, 1958-1972 -- Lambert Lodge and Castleview-Wychwood Towers, 1972-1990 -- More Work for the Elderly (C.I.R.G., "Book of Prayers in Large Print", and "Sing Your Way Home") -- Return to College, 1976-1977 -- The Garnsworthy Connection -- St. Hilda's Days, 1972-1976, 1908-1984, 1990-1994 -- Aging -- Afterword -- Curriculum Vitae of Sister Constance, S.S.J.D. -- Appendices -- Index.
That this National Executive Council appoint Miss Gertrude Beattie and Sister Constance SSJD, as official representatives of the Anglican Church of Canada on the CIRG, until General Synod 1977, and that from time to time they report to the Program Committee. CARRIED
Archdeacon R. Baxter, in presenting the interim report, noted that one year has passed since Dr. David Skelton made his presentation to the House of Bishops. He reported that Phase I of the work is now completed, and the Paper presented represents a summary of the principle recommendations.
Archdeacon Baxter invited Dr. C. Schwenger to address the House. Dr. Schwenger laid particular emphasis upon health care services for the elderly.
Archdeacon Baxter indicated the intention to prepare a program for use at diocesan and parish levels, and expressed the hope that additional attention will be given in theological colleges to the whole area of care of the elderly. He reported that the Anglican Book Centre has agreed to publish a popular edition of the Report.
Archdeacon Baxter expressed appreciation to the Dioceses which have appointed diocesan representatives, and also to the dioceses which have provided financial support to the Project. He said that diocesan representatives will be called upon to be more involved now that the program phase of the Project is being entered into. He said that additional diocesan representation would be welcome and urged those dioceses which have not appointed a representative to do so.
Dr. Schwenger, in referring to the United Nations "World Assembly on Aging" which is to be held in Vienna in July, 1982, noted that the elderly population in the Third World countries is increasing, while traditional methods for care of the elderly are disappearing, creating desperate needs on the part of the elderly.
Archdeacon Baxter thanked the House for the opportunity to present the Report of the Elders and Ministry Project, and said that a full report will be sent to all diocesan representatives.
That the Executive of the Elders and Ministry Project provide appropriate material to be sent to the Bishops to assist in the observance of a "Senior Sunday" in June, 1982. CARRIED #13-2-82