University of Lynchburg will host Faithful Aging, a statewide conference designed to help churches serve Virginia’s aging population, on March 14. The registration deadline is March 7.
Church leaders and members from any congregation can attend and learn how to make churches more dementia-friendly, help older adults facing loss and grief, and support caregivers in their congregations.
“Even though the number of seniors is growing, many programs that help older adults have had to reduce services due to financial support,” said Denise Scruggs, director of the Beard Center on Aging at University of Lynchburg. “We are reaching out the churches and encouraging them to help fill in the gaps and to help take care of frail, older members in their churches.”
Faithful Aging is one of the first statewide, faith-based, nondenominational, conferences on aging. Speakers will include healthcare providers, ministers, an elder law attorney, and other experts on issues faced by the aging population.
Keynote speakers will include Verna Sellers, the medical director of geriatric services and programs for Centra PACE; Martha Stokes, director of community relations for Virginia United Methodist Homes, Inc.; and the Rev. Will Randolph, director of the office on aging and older adult ministries for the United Methodist Church.
More information, including a registration form, can be found online at www.lynchburg.edu/faithful-aging. Questions can be directed to the Beard Center on Aging at 434.544.8456.