Mission Center: The Episcopal Church: Community



Task Force for Older Adult Ministry (OAM)

Did you know ... ?

  • The fastest growing age segment in the country is 85+. By next year there will be more than 200,000 Americans over age 100, and by 2050 the projection is for there to be 4.2 million over age 100.


  • Currently one in every eight Americans is age 65 or older, and over one in four live alone. Every hour, 330 Americans reach the age of 60. These same baby boomers will start turning 65 during this triennium. Within 10 years, the age 85+ population will increase by 40% (US Dept of Health and Human Services). 


  • Over one in three Episcopalians is age 65+ and they range from very active to homebound. Another 41% are age 45-64, which means 3 of every 4 members are age 45 or older. Think of it in terms of economic stressors alone (retirement age, technology gaps, social services, Social Security, and Medicare) and then wonder at the impact on local congregations.

The Task Force for Older Adult Ministry began its work in response to part of a resolution, A007, passed by General Convention in 2003.  The General Convention passed a new resolution in 2009, D004, recognizing the need for Older Adult Ministry and empowering the task force to go about answering these questions:

How do we recognize, honor, and utilize the experience, wisdom, and gifts of  "older" adults?

How do we develop ministries that integrate and weave multiple generations together spiritually?

How do we cultivate Christ's message of hope and service for older adults, families, and their caregivers?

How do we examine, explore, and create innovative and contemporary liturgical, spiritual, and service ministries by, with, and for all generations in the Body of Christ?

Recommended Reading and Viewing
Books, articles, and films that focus on older adult issues, with summaries and reader reviews

Resource Links
Additional online resources

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