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Looking Forward by Jacqueline McMakin

Our Members — Vermont Global Exchange

In this collection of stories, Jacqueline McMakin describes insights and resources she acquired during and after her mother’s death.  Her short pieces highlight the benefits of preparation and the help that is available for those who are contemplating their own death or wish to do so.

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National Institute on Aging on Aging in Place

Older woman and her caregiver giving her a meal

The stairs are getting so hard to climb.

“Since my wife died, I just open a can of soup for dinner.

“I’ve lived here 40 years. No other place will seem like home.

These are common issues for older people. You may share the often-heard wish — “I want to stay in my own home!” The good news is that with the right help you might be able to do just that. Staying in your own home as you get older is called “aging in place.” This article contains suggestions to help you find the help you need to continue to live independently.

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Easy Reader Picture Books for Adults™

Research shows that reading can slow the progress of dementia.  Many adults with cognitive impairment and dementia can read and enjoy it but they need specially formatted material.  Books in the Easy Reader Picture Books for Adults™ series are tailored to the needs of older adults who can no longer follow a written narrative.  Expressive photographs, each accompanied by three evocative, large-print words call up memories and stimulate positive feelings.  These books are a wonderful gift for cognitively impaired adults and those who care for them.  Go to this site to learn about this book series along with many other resources and information about recent research on the capabilities of adults with dementia.



Stories, Strategies, and Spiritual Practices for Caregivers of People with Dementia

Universal Spirit

THESE ARE THE FACTS: There are over 100 types of dementia affecting over 50 million people around the world. Unfortunately, knowing the hard numbers doesn’t make caregiving less demanding, challenging, exhausting, and, yes, many times and in many ways, potentially uplifting. Caregiving is typically understood as an activity, as something we do – likely because caregivers do a lot. But caregiving is deeper than what we do. It is more than a series of tasks. It is, first and foremost, a call to love.

In How the Light Shines each chapter engages an issue raised by caregivers themselves and is filled with real-life stories that convey the realities of caregiving, as well as tips and advice, and spiritual insight and guidance. It is written with both individuals and groups in mind. Each chapter includes questions and, for personal or group reflection, a spiritual practice and a prayer grounded in the pain and possibilities of it all.

In How the Light Shines, Trisha Elliott invites caregivers, of which she is one, to dive deep, to confront the challenges – physical, emotional, and spiritual – that are part and parcel of caring for someone with dementia, and also to explore the possibility that caregiving is a holy calling, that it is not just about learning a set of skills, but can be a path to a deeper relationship with God and with the divine spirit in all of us, including those with dementia.


Dying and Living: An Immersive Online Experience






The many speakers at this conference explore:

  • How living and dying are inseparable
  • How to live in times of darkness and uncertainty
  • What the different spiritual traditions teach about death
  • How to share the sacred work of grief and loss
  • Why we are living in a death-phobic culture
  • The greater cosmological, planetary, and evolutionary cycles we are part of
  • What we can learn from the recent pandemic and social justice crises

The conference is over but it has been recorded and, for $99 it can be viewed at: