As a child, I had freckles on my nose and cheeks. My body was not covered in freckles like some of my childhood friends, but I didn’t like that I had freckles anywhere on my body. My distain for my freckles was well known to my family.

The Elder Index, developed by researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, shows that nearly 5 million older women living alone, 2 million older men living alone, and more than 2 million older couples have incomes that make them economically insecure.

In April FEMA began disbursing $2 billion — $9,000 per funeral — in funeral reimbursement. The money also covers cremation without other services. If the family incurs cemetery or memorial-related costs, FEMA’s funeral assistance will not fully cover those.

Later life is a time of reassessment and reflection. What sense do we make of the lives we have lived? How do we come to terms with illness and death? What do we want to give to others as we grow older?

“The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon…In old age they still produce fruit, they are always green and full of sap” (Psalm 92:12,14). Some studies indicate that ageism is decreasing in our society and we’re headed toward a more inclusive view of aging. They also indicate that age stigma is getting reduced, citing …

By Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr., director, ENCORE Ministry Recently, when I was consulting with a local church in my role as director of ENCORE Ministry, I was approached by an older woman with a big smile on her face. She said that she was looking forward to my visit with leaders of the older adult ministry in her church. …

Abuse can happen to any older person. This new infographic from the National Institute on Aging at NIH describes the different types of abuse, how to recognize the signs, and where to get help.

Webinar: ELDER ABUSE – Don’t Go it Alone: Victim Services Providers and Faith Leaders Working Together to Promote Respect and Justice for Older Victims of Abuse Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Time: 12:00 PM (EST)/11:00 AM (CST)/10:00 AM (MST)/9:00 PM (PST) Duration: 60 minutes Presented by:  The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) and Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership on Domestic Violence and …

By Richard H. Gentzler, Jr., DMin When Moses came down from Mt. Sinai, he carried with him the Ten Commandments.  These laws were to govern the beliefs and actions of his followers.  The Fifth Commandment proclaimed that the people were to “honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land the Lord your God …