Welcome! The Older Adults Ministry's mission is to establish an age-friendly hub at the Capitol Hill SDA Church. This initiative aims to shift how we view the 50 and older population and introduce customized age-related programs (such as combatting ageism, creating a dementia-friendly church for individuals and their caregivers, and aging-in-place) that caters to the congregation's needs. We hope to enhance the quality of life for the church members and extend the program to the surrounding community.
Join us in telling a new story about aging.
The Story of Reframing AgingSociety should treat older
people as equals. A just society ensures that everyone can participate and
contribute regardless of age. One of our society's strengths is our belief in
injustice in meaningful ways. Too often, we limit opportunities
for older people and minimize their contributions.
This is unjust to older people and a loss to our
communities. To live up to our ideals, we must
confront the injustice of ageism. Ageism is a global challenge.
Five Myths about AgingLearn about five common misconceptions related to aging and
Four Things to Know About Depression and Older AdultsDepression is more than just feeling sad or blue. It's a
serious mood disorder that affects many older adults and requires treatment.
Learn more about depression and when it may be time to talk with a doctor.Tips for Taking Medicines Safely as You AgeLearn how to safely take and keep track of all your
medicines as you age. Medicines are intended to help us live longer and
healthier, but taking medicines incorrectly or mixing certain drugs and
supplements can be dangerous. Getting a Good Night's SleepNot getting enough sleep can affect all areas of your life
and cause health problems. Learn how to develop healthy habits at bedtime as
you age to help you get a good night's sleep.Dementia-Friendly ChurchThe Older Adults Ministry has teamed up with the Alter
program to improve support for families impacted by dementia and promote brain
health in African American communities. This program works closely with faith
communities to sustain dementia-friendly initiatives and reduce the stigma
associated with the condition. The Alter program aims to enhance empathy and
promote a more inclusive society by fostering social and spiritual
connectedness. Dr. Fayon Epps, Assistant Professor at Emory University, is the lead
expert behind this fantastic initiative.ResourcesAlzheimer's Disease Fact SheetGet the facts about Alzheimer's disease, the most common
cause of dementia in older adults. Learn about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment,
and caregiving.Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease: Your Easy-to-Use GuideGet Alzheimer's caregiving information and advice in this
comprehensive, easy-to-read guide. Learn caregiving tips, safety information,
common medical problems, and how to care for yourself.If a Family Member Has Alzheimer's Disease, Will I Have It, Too? Learning about your family health history may help you know
if you are at increased risk for certain diseases or medical conditions, like
Alzheimer's disease.Caregiver's HandbookThis guide is for anyone caring for family members or
friends who need help with daily living. It focuses on the needs of older
adults who require care because of a serious health condition or disability.
Still, it could also apply to other situations in which caregiving is needed.
Take Care of Yourself as a CaregiverCaregiving can be rewarding, but it is also challenging.
Taking time for yourself can make you a better caregiver. Quality of LifeAging in PlaceLiving at home as you age requires
careful consideration and planning. Learn how you can make some changes to help
maintain your independence. Link to local services:DC - Department of Aging and Community LivingMaryland - Department of AgingVirginia - Offices for Aging Services of the Division for Community LivingCombating Abuse of Older Adults Spotting the Signs of Elder AbuseFind Help or Report AbuseFind Elder Abuse Resources in Your StateIf you are in need or know someone, learn about the
different types of abuse, how to recognize the signs, and where to get help.
Abuse can happen to any older person. UPCOMING EVENTS IN FEBRUARY 20241. Prince Georges County is Celebrating Health and Wellness with February ProgramsPrince George's County has several programs for senior citizens. Find the list of programs here. Health & Wellness Programs - Park and Recreation - Prince Georges County MD
2. AARP Virtual Senior Planet Classes for Older AdultsParticipate in AARP's Senior Planet Virtual Classes where seniors ages 60 and older can learn about Finance, Wellness, Fitness, Computers and Technology, and more. To see the classes, go to Online Classes for Seniors - Senior Planet from AARP.