Dementia has replaced cancer as the most feared word in our society. We are told that if we live to be 85, 50% of us will have it. At this workshop we will look at what people with dementia can teach us about our own spiritual needs, how to communicate with individuals with dementia, and the place of the church in providing hope for those who suffer from dementia.
Session 1: Exile and Hope: Dementia and the Faith Community
Session 2: Spiritual Needs of Elders with Dementia
Session 3: Connect Don’t Correct: Communicating with Elders with Dementia
Bio of Ingrid Schultz:
Ingrid grew up in Vancouver. She studied Elementary Education at UBC and taught in Houston B.C. and, with the Mennonite Central Committee, in rural Bolivia. Her work with rural churches in Bolivia led her to study at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. She was a pastor for 20 years: 7 in a Spanish speaking congregation in Chicago and 13 at the First United Mennonite Church in Vancouver. Ingrid did a unit of CPE at Vancouver General Hospital and in 2012 she became a chaplain at Menno Place a Campus of Elder Care in Abbotsford BC. This move gave her the opportunity to live with her mother who had dementia. It was a time of rich learning. The author Frederick Buechner once defined “vocation” as the place where our deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet”. Ingrid encountered deep gladness in caring for her mother and providing spiritual care to elders at Menno Place.