About Older Adults Ministry
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.
Older Americans Month
The Capitol Hill Church is celebrating Older Americans Month all of May. This year marks the 60th anniversary of Older Americans Month. All May, we are celebrating flexible thinking about aging. Join us this
month in embracing the opportunity to continue to change. Find a new passion, go on an adventure, and push boundaries
by not letting age define your limits. For
more information visit, https://acl.gov/
Join us in telling a new story about aging.
- Ageism is discrimination or unjust treatment of older
people based on stereotypes.
- Starting at an early age, ageism shapes the way we think
about ourselves and others as we grow older. Underlying ageism is implicit bias
– the unconscious attitudes and beliefs that lead to snap judgments about older
- Ageism is bad for our health, making us sicker and costing
our nation billions in avoidable health care costs.
- Ageism stifles the economy by limiting the participation of
older workers, despite their years of experience. –Reframing Aging Initiative
The Story of Reframing Aging
Society 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 Aging
Learn about five common misconceptions related to aging and
Four Things to Know About Depression and Older Adults
Depression 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 Age
Learn 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 Sleep
Not 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 Church
The 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.
Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet
Get the facts about Alzheimer's disease, the most common
cause of dementia in older adults. Learn about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment,
Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide
Get 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
This 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 Caregiver
Caregiving can be rewarding, but it is also challenging.
Taking time for yourself can make you a better caregiver.
Quality of Life
Aging in Place
Living 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 Living
Maryland - Department of Aging
Virginia - Offices for Aging Services of the Division for Community Living
Combating Abuse of Older Adults
Spotting the Signs of Elder Abuse
Find Help or Report Abuse
Find elder abuse resources in your state
If 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.
Stay tuned for more
information about upcoming events.