Guide to Ministering to Alzheimer's Patients and Their Families

By Pat Otwell

© 2008 – Routledge

302 pages

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pub: 2008-05-19
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About the Book

Learn how to develop an effective Alzheimer’s ministry.

The Guide to Ministering to Alzheimer's Patients and Their Families examines the importance of spirituality in dealing with the everyday challenges of this mysterious disease. Not a “how-to” manual with step-by-step instructions or tried and true formulas, this unique book instead examines the essential elements of ministering to dementia patients based on the first-hand accounts of family members living through pain and uncertainty.

The book explores the stages of Alzheimer's, grief and guilt, available resources, and implications of spiritual care for patients and families. It is equally useful as a textbook for graduate and undergraduate work, a reference for study groups and seminars, and a primer for those with limited knowledge of the illness.

Ministers sometimes neglect Alzheimer’s patients and their families because they feel they don’t know what to say or do even though they want to be obedient and faithful servants in this specialized ministry.The Guide to Ministering to Alzheimer’s Patients and Their Families communicates the thoughts, feelings, and needs of those affected by the disease to help ministers feel more comfortable, confident, and competent as they develop a theological understanding of God, Alzheimer’s patients, and their role in ministry. The book also provides models for ministry; role-play scenarios; a sample text for a care facility worship service, a care facility memorial service, and a funeral service for a Christian and a non-Christian as well as a sample clergy seminar program on Alzheimer’s ministry.

The Guide to Ministering to Alzheimer’s Patients and Their Families examines:

  • common characteristics of early, mild, moderate, and severe Alzheimer’s
  • general information about Alzheimer’s
  • ethical decision-making
  • support group ministry
  • respite care
  • religious rites
  • faith issues
  • heredity
  • hospitalization of Alzheimer’s patients
  • long-distance caregiving
  • working with other clergy

The Guide to Ministering to Alzheimer’s Patients and Their Families also includes a special appendix of selections from the Scriptures. This book is a unique resource for all Christians who desire to minister to those affected by Alzheimer’s—especially pastors, priests, chaplains, pastoral counselors, church leaders, healthcare professionals, and seminary students.

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. Help! Alzheimer’s Disease. Desire to Minister to Alzheimer’s Patients and Families. Theological Understanding. Grief. Guilt. Alzheimer’s Patients and Communication. Alzheimer’s Ministry Coordinator. Implications of Spiritual Care for Patients. Implications of Spiritual Care for Families. Ethical Issues. Models for Ministry. Pastoral Potpourri. Faith, Hope, and Love. Remembering Blessings During Difficult Times. Resources. Appendix A: Questionnaire. Appendix B: Statistical Information. Appendix C: Strength from the Scriptures. Appendix D: Sample Programs, Services, and Forms.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Death, Grief, Bereavement
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Couples & Family