It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the practice of observing Lent started. But there's evidence that it goes back to the early days of the church. There are references to it back in the second and third centuries, but it became a more formalized practice once Christianity was legalized in A.D. 313.
The decision of whether or not to move into an assisted living community can be a difficult one. Any move is a big deal, and trying to decide if this is the right time to enter a community like those under the Bethesda Senior Living Communities umbrella is not a decision to be made lightly. There are obviously more than a few things for you to consider when making your decision. Here are a few reasons why the move might just be the right thing for you.
Faith is often a crucial component of people’s lives. It can help people to get through hard times or find meaning in their lives. For people of faith, maintaining faith practices is often vital to supporting mental health and quality of life.As an organization founded as a faith-based non-profit, Bethesda Senior living Communities understands this well. Part of our mission to serve seniors includes trying to provide ways to nurture and enrich their spiritual health. One of the best ways this can be done is through encouraging Bible study.
The book of Genesis is more than the beginning of the Bible. It’s more than the account of the creation and the history that follows. It's a wonderful book filled with many life lessons that can help anyone at any age. But that said, there are also some excellent lessons that are beneficial to residents of our Bethesda Senior Living Communities.
Bethesda Senior Living Communities is a faith-based organization, so as a whole, we definitely believe in the power of prayer. We also believe in a lot of other things, including:
Stress is a natural part of life. While it gets a bad rap as a negative force mentally and physically, the National Institute of Mental Health notes that not all stress is bad. It's actually a necessary reaction that helps you deal with dangerous situations and can motivate you to accomplish certain tasks. But abnormal or long-term stress can have significant negative consequences on mental or physical health. Find out more about stress and the COVID-19 pandemic below and what seniors in assisted living communities and their families might do to combat this issue.
New Years' resolutions are a favorite tradition for many. For other's they're something to ignore, dread or make fun of. But no matter how you feel about the act of making goals for the New Year, there's definitely something to be said for making positive changes. Why not start some of them in 2021?
"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day." 2 Corinthians 4:16The physical truths of aging are a fact. The Bible even repeatedly acknowledges some of those issues while offering comfort that Christ is working within every believer to renew them in spiritual ways.But physical aging doesn't mean the best days are behind you or that you have to give up an active lifestyle. In fact, many people choose to live in senior living and assisted living communities because they want to safeguard that active lifestyle. The types of communities under the Bethesda Senior Living Communities umbrella offer the ability to live a vibrant lifestyle in comfortable, safe surroundings.
Seniors of faith probably know that every piece of God's Word is worthy of teaching and meditating on. The New Testament tells us this pretty explicitly. But you also probably have some favorite stories and passages you return to time after time — verses of comfort that speak to you.
At Bethesda Senior Living Communities, we talk a lot about the vibrant lifestyle our residents can enjoy. But what does a vibrant lifestyle mean, exactly, and how do our faith-based communities support it? Find out more below to understand what it could mean for you.What Is a Vibrant Lifestyle?The dictionary defines vibrant as an adjective that describes something full of life or energy.