Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging

Parker Center Symposium Focuses on Impact of Racism on Health and Well Being of Older Adults of Color

By Barb Powell | September 7, 2021

In an intense examination of systemic racism in health care among older adults of color, the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging’s “At the Intersection of Race and Age” symposium Aug. 27 created opportunities for change through greater understanding of the ways in which discrimination and bias affect health outcomes. Held virtually and in…

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A Blossoming of Hope

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 7, 2021

By the Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D. This article originally appeared as the July 1 blog entry from United Church Homes’ Parker Center for Abundant Living. It is reprinted here with permission. In the last five years, death became the center of my life. Uninvited and not sought, this intruder entered my life space and appeared to…

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Are We Really in This Together?

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | May 28, 2021

By the Rev. Kenneth Daniel The Rev. Ken Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes, recently published this reflection column in his blog on the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging of United Church Homes’ website. It is reprinted here with permission. Early in the pandemic, we began to hear the phrase, “We…

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Ministry and Dementia: United Church Homes to Offer Three-Part Series in February

By Barb Powell | January 13, 2021

The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging of United Church Homes is offering its annual Wisdom Conversations series on Ministry and Dementia, Feb. 2, 9, and 16, 2021, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The three webinars will be presented by the Rev. John and Dr. Susan McFadden, authors of Aging Together:…

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Life Experiences, Research Combine to Create Successful Horizons of Aging Summit Affirming LGBTQ Older Adults

By Barb Powell | December 3, 2020

Personal stories from older LGBTQ+ adults, research and data analysis, and honest conversations on next steps all combined to create a successful 2020 Horizons of Aging Summit virtual event. Held Nov. 16-18, 2020, the Summit was presented by the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging of United Church Homes and Rainbow Eldercare of Greater…

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Meaningful Connections Contribute to Improved Health and Longer Lives

By Guest Contributor | May 29, 2020

By Alissa Paolella, communications coordinator for United Church Homes* In the past 50 years, research into loneliness and social isolation has skyrocketed. Breakthroughs in genetics and immunology allow researchers to measure, with great precision, the impact of loneliness on long-term physical and psychological health. It’s become a known, universal problem, one the U.S. Department of…

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CHHSM Board Elects New Members, Announces Officers During Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 26, 2020

During the Annual Business Meeting of its 82nd Annual Gathering, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries announced new officers and welcomed new board members. Held in Memphis, Tenn., the Annual Gathering was held March 3-5, 2020. The new Chair of CHHSM’s Board of Directors is Abby Drane, president and CEO of Seven…

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Pastoral Pandemic Care with Independent Older Adults

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 23, 2020

In this blog article, the Rev. Becky King and the Rev. Beth Long-Higgins share tips for local congregations with independent older adults in their communities. Reprinted with permission. By the Rev. Becky King and the Rev. Beth Long-Higgins During this pandemic, United Church Homes and the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging would like…

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Inspired CHHSM Annual Gathering Focuses on Justice and Grace — Together

By Barb Powell | March 12, 2020

From a pre-conference visit to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel — where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated — to the Rev. Traci Blackmon’s stirring words during the closing worship, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ 82nd Annual Gathering left attendees moved, inspired, and recommitted…

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Ruth Frost Parker Center to Host Third Annual Wisdom Conversations Retreat

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | November 21, 2019

The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging with United Church Homes will host its third annual Wisdom Conversations retreat, Aging: Realities and Renewal, Jan. 5 and 6, 2020, at Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio. The retreat will feature an evening of relaxation and conversation followed by a day of learning for clergy and those…

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