We have a very active senior adult ministry. The seniors meet on the first Wednesday of each month for a catered meal (cost $5) and a program. Program guests range from musical talent to informative talks geared for seniors. The fellowship is held in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30 a.m. Guests are welcome.
Both day and overnight trips are scheduled throughout the year. Check in to see what is scheduled.
A group meets each Thursday at 1:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall for a friendly (?) game of 42.
55+ is a ministry for Senior Adults at First Baptist Church Kilgore
February 4th 55+ Luncheon
Guest David Hampton.
"Mission Opportunities for Senior Adults"
From One Senior to Another
I was recently browsing through a section of the Longview News-Journal and came upon a helpful article in their "Young At Heart" addition. It was titled, "The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease." Whether we like it or not, the chances of people our age being impacted by Alzheimer's disease is high.
The author goes on to say that "Alzheimer's is a degenerative
disease of the brain... it impairs our thinking and memory." The
article acknowledges the Alzheimer's Association and the Alzheimer's Society of
Canada in naming ten warning signs. It would be wise on our part to
become familiar with these signs!
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2. Difficulty planning
3. Difficulty in completing familiar tasks
4. Disorientation with regards to time and/or place
5. Trouble understanding images and spatial relationships
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things
8. Decreased or poor judgment
9. Withdrawal from society
10. Changes in mood or personality
How we deal with the reality of this disease is very important. We can deny it or we can acknowledge it. More than that, how we help someone with Alzheimer's deal with it is a direct reflection of our Christian faith. We need to come along beside them and practice the gift of patience in their presence.
About a year before Gloria's mother passed away, we read an interesting book entitled, One of Us Has Alzheimer's! Ironically, I cannot remember the author's name. It helped us so much as we struggled with Mrs. Burton's journey. I recommend you read it. I'll get back with you later on the author's name.