About ALOA: Our nation is aging. The “graying of America” is a reality in all areas of life, the result of three persistent trends: we are living longer; there are fewer births; and “the boomer generation” will swell the ranks of seniors by 76 million over the next 25 years. ALOA was formed in the early 1990’s by a group of LCMS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) and ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) church leaders to help prepare the church for “the age wave.” ALOA’s focus was and continues to be:
To help congregations strengthen their ministry with and for older adults; and
To encourage older adults to affirm their gifts and use those gifts in service to family, church, community and the world.
Redeemer Lutheran Church in Manchester and Senior Helpers launched their first monthly Memory Cafe earlier this month with 5 therapy dogs and their handlers from Furry Angels. The event concluded with a Veterans Day Observance. They enjoyed a patriotic sing-a-long and then presented a memento to each Veteran and spouse of a Veteran. A Memory Cafe is designed to provide a welcoming and comfortable social environment for persons living with dementia and a family caregiver to enjoy together. Activities change each month and can include arts and crafts, reminiscing discussions, pet therapy, entertainment, and a wide variety of rhythm and music such as drum circles and music in motion. There is no admission fee. The congregation of Redeemer Lutheran Church graciously provides the space and a trained team to partner with Senior Helpers of Ocean County to provide this unique service to the community. If you know someone who would benefit from the socialization and support of a Memory Cafe please share this information. We meet the first Tuesday of every month from 1:00-3:00. Each gathering ends with refreshments and a time for conversation.
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