Aging is a spiritual journey.

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Thoughts on Grieving and Loving

By Nancy Gordon |

by Nancy Gordon, Director, CLH Center for Spirituality andAging Highly engaging and relevant to our work. It was a renewing experience to the soul. Very empowering and informative.  These were just a few of the responses to a recent workshop hosted at the Center’s Anaheim location – Wendy Lustbader’s unique “Beyond Care: The Glorious Adventure of the Spirit.”… Read More »

What a Gift It Was: A Report on the 6th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality

By Nancy Gordon |

by Nancy Gordon, Director, CLH Center for Spirituality and Aging The CLH Center for Spirituality and Aging has always been about seeking to support the spiritual journey of aging.  A major way that has happened has been through educational events for professionals and volunteers who work with older adults in a variety of settings—retirement… Read More »

The Young Old Decade: Just Enough Left To Make A Difference by David Solie

By Nancy Gordon |

Spanning ages 65-74, young old is the first of four gradations of being old and serves as a transition zone in which the psychological tasks of middle age give way to the final marching orders: control and legacy. While preserving independence comes to dominate the landscape of young old, equally compelling legacy issues vie… Read More »

Facilitating Farewell with Rites of Remembrance for a Home by Rev. Michael Bell

By Nancy Gordon |

  Names and other identifying information in this story have been changed for privacy. Mary had arrived in our community in grief from the recent losses of both her husband and an adult child.  What I didn’t know is how deeply she was also grieving separation from her home of many years, a hasty… Read More »

Zest, Grace, and the Beautiful Red Envelope by Patty Trevor

By Nancy Gordon |

             Recently I read an article by The Rev. Nancy Gordon, who develops programs in the field of Spirituality and Aging.  Two words leapt out of the pages into my psyche, Zest and Grace.  The following is my response to those words in the aging context.   YES!  ZEST AND GRACE in capital letters.  That is… Read More »

Framing Stories with Hope

By Nancy Gordon |

Since I started serving in the older adult world, I’ve had many elders tell me that growing old is a difficult process. As the saying goes, “It’s not for sissies.” They are often a bit bemused that they’ve lived so long and are sometimes unsure how to frame the future.  What does hope look like at… Read More »

How to Live and Die Well by Carmen Mitchell

By Nancy Gordon |

Welcome to Carmen Mitchell, Front Porch’s Social Media Maven, with a guest blog. How to Live and Die Well: Buddhist Teachings from my Jewish Grammy At 97, my Jewish grandmother was becoming a Buddhist (although, I’m not sure she would have put it that way). This is what I know: My grandmother, Florence Pinchak… Read More »

Programming for Touching Spirits

By Nancy Gordon |

In the multi-faceted world of senior living there are many balls to keep in the air as we design and provide services for the older adults who choose to make their home with us.  Keeping the living spaces and their adjoining environments attractive and marketable, providing choice and quality in dining, creating systems that… Read More »

This is What I’m Passionate About

By Nancy Gordon |

By Nancy Gordon When I became the Director of California Lutheran Homes Center for Spirituality and Aging in 2008, I was gratified and amazed to realize that I was getting paid to do what I love to do—help older adults navigate the last portion of life’s journey with grace, fortitude and hope. I whole… Read More »

Summer Fun

By Nancy Gordon |

I just read an account by a woman who found herself cavorting in the cool drops of a sprinkler on a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. You can read the story here. She was a little chagrined at first, wondering what passersby and neighbors might think as she got wetter and wetter, but… Read More »