Mission Center: The Episcopal Church: Community

Recommended Reading & Viewing

Resources Recommended by the Task Force for Older Adult Ministry (OAM)

Downloadable Resources





Aging Parents
This Family Survival Guide from 2006 deals with both crisis situations and planning for long-term caring and covers financial, insurance, legal, medical, psychological, cultural, ethnic, and religious issues (191 pages).

ASA Best Practices PowerPoint
PowerPoint presentation by the Rev. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr., Director of Center on Aging & Older Adult Ministries, United Methodist Church, at the Wingspread seminar in 2009, hosted by the American Society on Aging (ASA) (25 pages).

Best Practices in Older Adult Ministry
From the Wingspread seminar in 2009, the American Society on Aging (ASA) and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) offer these best practices in older adult ministry from across the US (7 pages).

Facts on Aging
These statistics on aging were published in 2005 by Florida State University's Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy (2 pages).

Profile of Older Americans
The US Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging issued this report in 2008. It contains facts and figures on demographics and trends among Americans age 65 and older (17 pages).


(in alphabetical order by author's last name)

Malcolm Boyd, Prayers for the Later Years (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2002). Drawing on his own life experience of 78 years, as well as from the letters he received as a columnist for Modern Maturity, Malcolm Boyd addresses the struggles and blessings of life's later years. The prayers are brief, accessible, and arranged around themes including health, thanksgiving, hard questions, courage, and faith. Prayers for the Later Years will help and comfort those who are growing older as well as adults who are concerned for their aging parents. To order, click here.

James V. Gambone, Ph.D., ReFirement: A Guide to Midlife and Beyond (Minneapolis: Kirk House Publishers, 2005). This book gives Baby Boomers and others a positive and optimistic vision of how to live a meaningful life as they grow older. It provides an exciting platform for everyone facing the challenges and opportunities of mid-life. To order, click here.

Jeri Sedlar and Rick Miners, Don't Retire, Rewire! Second Edition (Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2007). Today’s retirees are looking for work situations that are mentally and emotionally rewarding. The problem is that many are not sure how to find them. This new edition helps you define what kind of work is best suited for your passions and interests, and guides them through the process of obtaining such work—whether it’s a part-time job, volunteer work, or a second career. To order, click here.



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