About the Center
The California Lutheran Homes Center for Spirituality and Aging provides education and resources about spirituality as it is experienced in the aging process for both faith and long-term care communities. Established in 1999, the Center is a respected resource for those interested in connecting in advocacy and education around the spiritual issues and journey of aging, whether or not in a religious or faith tradition.
The Center’s vision is: To transform the way long-term care communities and faith communities meet the needs of older adults based on the understanding that aging is a spiritual journey.
The Center provides educational programs and materials to:
- Educate older adults and those who care for them on the dynamics and processes of the spiritual journey of aging.
- Educate those who work with older adults in healthcare and residential settings to enable them to identify the spiritual needs of older adults and to realize their own potential for meeting those needs as a spiritual caregiver.
- Provide tools and resources for developing congregational ministries with and to older adults with an emphasis on spiritual formation, identification of gifts and call, and the life-long nature of discipleship.
- Provide “Sensing the Sacred,” a program that meets the Christian worship needs of elders with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias that is lay-based and can be used in a variety of settings.
Established in 1947, California Lutheran Homes and Community Services is an affiliated social ministry organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It provides a wide array of services to seniors and others in need through support of affordable housing, chaplaincy programs in retirement communities, the CLH Center for Spirituality and Aging, the CLH Volunteer Auxiliary, The Center for Technology Innovation and Wellbeing, and the Front Porch Gallery where art expresses community and the journey of aging. The CLH Foundation, the fund development arm of California Lutheran Homes and Community Services provides assistance for residents who have outlived their financial resources at affiliated Front Porch retirement communities through its Charitable Care program.