A Series for Those Who Want to Age Boldly
Dr. Steve Arnold, a resident of St. Anthony Village for the past 5 years, is presenting a series of four monthly workshops at the Benedictine Center in Maplewood called The Life Journey: Aging with Dignity. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays, starting Sept. 5, from 7-9p. Remaining sessions are on Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5. The cost for all four sessions is $80.
“Participants will examine misperceptions about aging and focus on aging as a gift of God,” explains Sam Rahberg, director of the Center. Sessions will include presentations on issues of aging, reflections, contemplative prayer and conversations based on questions that come up, such as "Who am I as my roles change?" or “Where is God in the aging process?"
Arnold is a spiritual director, Lutheran deacon, and serves as one of the chaplains at Crest View Senior Communities in Columbia Heights. He has a PhD in Curriculum Development with a focus on adult development and gerontology. Dr. Arnold has completed the training to be a certified dementia specialist and has provided teaching and training sessions throughout the United States as well as sites in northeast Minneapolis. Dr. Arnold has facilitated a faith-based support group for those caring for someone with dementia for the past 5 years at St. Paul’s Monastery and has led numerous training sessions at churches throughout the country.
“The workshops are for people who want to age successfully,” Arnold explains, “which means being all they can be while facing the reality of aging. Their bodies may not be working the way they want them to work, and they wonder where God is when their bodies are not working as they once did. How can I accommodate these changes with grace?” These will be interactive sessions.
The goal of this series, he says, is to help participants explore the aging process, accommodate its changes with grace and build a life that has purpose and depth. This is a focus upon launching into the third-third of life.
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