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New book out on dementia, and Engaging Our Aging conference invitation!

Death is certain. It’s good to prepare for eternity, and to give at least one day to prepare for your last days here on earth.

Aging well depends on more than hair dye, facelifts, and dentures. What it requires is faith in God.

The attitude that ‘it’s my life and my body’ is frequently used not only to sanction abortion, but also assisted suicide. It fails to consider how an ‘autonomous’ choice has a profound impact on others.

Why, when I suffer, do I question my loving Shepherd’s wisdom as if to tell Him He’s going the wrong way?

Dementia & the hope of God's remembrance

What is life worth when there is no God? What is it worth when there is?

Can we check sin off our list when we reach old age? Will we ever be “out of the woods” when it comes to temptation? Sadly, no. We’ll always have plenty of opportunities to sin, but perhaps in ways that are the opposite of the sins of youth.

Dr. William Toffler, MD, an Oregon physician, recognizes how important it is to listen for what is not being said. How well physicians listen and respond to their patients "has a profound effect... on their view of themselves and their inherent worth."

If unbearable pain was the main reason people chose assisted suicide, we would naturally look to doctors to fix the problem. But it’s not the main reason. Unbearable pain doesn’t even rank as one of the top five.

Other than perhaps Kumbaya, it's difficult to find a hymn or gospel song strongly emphasizing brotherly care -- especially ones that so powerfully creates a picture for us of carrying one another on this long journey of life. Most of our hymns (very appropriately) sing to or about God, but isn't the second greatest commandment something to sing about as well?

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