Eldercare as Art and Ministry

Irene V. Jackson-Brown

Oct/2020, 136 Pages, Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640653078



This book addresses the fact that, despite the inevitability of aging, the vast majority of us are ill-prepared for eldercare.

Eldercare as Art and Ministry broadens and deepens an understanding of eldercare as an art and as a ministry. As art, eldercare requires creativity, imagination, and perseverance. Here, ministry is considered in its fullest meaning, to include guiding, administering, serving, waiting upon, or acting as a loved one's agent. Through stories, lessons, and poignant vignettes, Jackson-Brown calls each one of us—whether young or older, ordained or laity, fortunate or less fortunate, prepared or not—to serve and care for an aging loved one. For lay people and professionals, this book is a guide to navigate the challenges of eldercare and to find meaning in this important work.

IRENE V. JACKSON-BROWN received the gift of eldercare when she became a caregiver for both parents and two aunts. She now serves and advocates for families and older adults about aging issues and challenges. As a senior-serving professional, she holds certifications from the Society of Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), the Association of Aging Life Care Professionals (ALCA), formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, and the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (CDP). She is a caregiver, author, speaker, and consultant through her Washington DC based company, Jackson-Brown Associates, LLC (theartofeldercare.com).

“Irene has been one of the church’s great treasures for many years. Now, through personal stories and insights she shares her wisdom and experience in a book that is nothing less than a treasure trove of blessings.” —The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church and author of Crazy Christians

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