by Tom Allen

On April 14, 2010, at the age of 57, my wife and I were told that she had young onset Alzheimer’s. We totally restructured our lives.

  • Selling our home and moving into independent senior living
  • Entering Julie into an adult day care program
  • Leaving my employment to reduce stress and be more available – living as if I were semi-retired.
  • Eventually moving Julie into a memory care group home

We have been forced all along to age more quickly than most persons our age – with all of its joys and challenges.  It has led me to reflect on my own experiences with aging, and to learn from many others.

Come and join us for a workshop, “I Can Hardly Wait to Grow Old” on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Together, we will explore the spirituality of aging – the practice of finding God in all things:

  • Letting go
  • Forgiveness and compassion for self and others
  • Gratitude regardless of external circumstances
  • Embracing diminishment and limitation
  • Finding role models for aging fully alive
  • Uncovering the gifts that come with growing old

Together, we will create and experience a daily practice of gratitude.