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
"Prepared as a helpful resource by the Unit on Aging, Anglican Church of Canada".
"Often, at the time of sudden illness or death, members of the family or friends are faced with certain decisions that require specific information. Stress can be avoided if there are records of insurance papers, birth certificates, bank accounts, investments, etc. This booklet is intended to be a record for such matters. It should be kept current and in a place that is known by at least one other person." -- inside front cover.
"With acknowledgement to the Diocese of Huron, Diocese of British Columbia, and the Diocese of Ottawa" -- inside front cover.
Deals with most aspects of a death and funeral including personal wishes about funeral liturgy, favourite hymns, etc.
Also includes one-page insert "A Living Will : Instructions for my care in the event of terminal illness".
"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.
A national Anglican consultation on aging says the church needs an informal network of people to monitor issues affecting Canada's elderly. The consultation was held in the aftermath of a decision last year to disband the church's unit on aging.
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.
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.