Those considering a move into an assisted living community — for themselves or a loved one — may be overwhelmed by the options or the factors they should consider in making the choice. While a move to assisted living is certainly personal, and something each person or family must make given their own unique considerations, there are some questions everyone should ask when considering a specific community.
King David is a figure from the Old Testament that sticks with people. His life was epic: David was a strong warrior, a wise king and had a strong relationship with God. But perhaps what draws people back to David throughout the years is that he wasn't perfect. He was a man with flaws and who made mistakes, and the way he returned to God over and over can provide inspiration for other people who are living their imperfect lives while seeking God.
A study from Baylor University found that seniors who perceive a secure attachment to God experience enhanced well-being, including increased self-esteem, happiness and hope for the future. Many people find that they have more time and a renewed enthusiasm for refinding their faith as a senior. Bethesda Senior Living Communities support assisted living residents to explore their faith and relationship with God and prioritize compassionate spiritual care. Here are some ideas for refinding your faith as a senior.
The full Bible has been translated into more than 700 languages, and the New Testament has been translated into more than 2,000 languages. All those translations help ensure people of all locations and cultures can access the inspired Word of God. But for English speakers, there isn't simply one English version. There are dozens of translations, including options such as the King James Version (KJV), New International Version (NIV), Common English Bible (CEB), and the Message. Whether you have a favorite version already or didn't realize the Bible came in various translations, all those versions can get confusing. Which one should you read, and are any of them more correct than others?
For Christian seniors, a faith-based assisted living community can be a wonderful place to retire. Locations such as those under the Bethesda Senior Living Communities umbrella offer a wide range of benefits to seniors of all backgrounds, beliefs and ages.
Whether you're a senior of faith wanting to get more active in your local church or someone considering how they can live out their faith in an assisted living community, the Biblical epistles have a lot of knowledge to offer. Check out these three lessons for seniors from the epistles that can help you learn more about God, shine a light for your neighbors or take comfort during a life change (such as downsizing into an assisted living community).
There are many ways to worship God through creative gifts. Art and music are two common ways people use to engage in fellowship and glorify Him. Among the reasons that these two mediums are particularly beneficial in worship is that they are not limited by skill level, format or personal characteristics. Anyone of any age and from any background can use their creative gifts to honor God.
Assisted living might seem like the opposite concept of independence, but this environment actually often creates more opportunities for seniors to carve out unique lifestyles all their own. Seniors can be more independent in an environment that offers a myriad of activities from which to choose, a support system for wellness and access to a built-in social structure.
Some people navigate their entire lives knowing exactly what their spiritual gifts are and how to use them to exemplify their faith. Others don't find out what their spiritual gifts are and how to use them until much later in life. Understanding what spiritual gifts are, how to find them and how to use them ensures that you will exemplify the Lord through the talents He has given to you.
The apostles of the Bible offer essential lessons for seniors that want to reinforce their faith and find new ways to get closer to God. Each of the disciples had a unique experience that underscored their commitments to God and their willingness to overcome all obstacles in their way to do so. As a senior of faith, there are plenty of lessons that you can take from the disciples' stories to create a more effective Christian journey of your own. Here are some takeaways from those lessons.