Aging Parents Cohort
Cohorts run from September to the following August.
Next cohort registration opens in August 2023 with the cohort starting September 1, 2023. We only open the doors once a year, so you don’t want to miss registration!
Are you walking the path of aging parents?
It’s not uncommon to feel:
—Torn between wanting (and needing) to help them and your own ministry
—Alone (your teammates mean well, but they don’t really get it)
—Overwhelmed by all of the issues that exist with aging parents
Thanks to the many who participated in our survey on Aging Parents and Cross-Cultural Work. What came through loud and clear is that everyone’s story is unique and holds both beauty and pain. When 12 clear themes emerged, we thought, “Hey, a year has 12 months!” We also thought, “Because everyone’s situation is different, instead of creating material that may not hit your specific need, what if we have intentional conversations and support each other around these 12 themes for the next year?”
Thanks to those who went before you and helped us understand the path you’re on, you don’t have to go it alone when it comes to navigating aging parents and cross-cultural work! For the next 12 months you can be part of a community who is walking a similar path.
What you’ll get:
1. Monthly Zoom calls that will equip you and allow you to talk with others (recorded)
2. A private facebook group where you can ask questions, vent, and pray for each other
3. A list of resources
Topics covered in the monthly Zoom calls:
1. Every journey is unique
2. Communicating with siblings
3. The role of faith (your parents’, siblings’, and yours)
4. Transitions you and your aging parents might experience
5. Legal and financial issues with aging parents
6. Property and Belongings (helping with maintenance and/or downsizing)
7. The underlying question: To return or stay?
8. Supporting from a distance
9. The Big 3: Safety, Comfort, and Dignity
10. Navigating aging parents with an agency, a board, or independently
11. Grief experienced with aging parents
12. Doctors appointments and declining abilities
What are others saying?
Before joining the Aging Parents Cohort I felt I was in a whirlwind of change in our family and decisions that loomed on the horizon, but I didn’t feel I had a safe place to process it. Processing the possibilities of leaving the field didn’t always feel safe with people in our organization, and friends back in my passport country didn’t always understand the complexities of dealing with the international aspects of what we are facing. The experience has been great. Each session has had something I could take away to ponder and pray through. But my favorite part was the time of sharing at the beginning of each session; the time of sharing helps me feel less alone in this journey and I have an opportunity every month to consider this aspect of my life.—Karla
I joined the Aging Parents Cohort for community and resources. I’m a single, and it was encouraging to see singles as well as marrieds walking this road. It’s challenging for everyone.—Christine
I’m an only child of an aging mother. I was afraid of the future and a little lost and needed to work through and understand some of the challenges that are coming my way. I enjoyed the different topics and being able to walk alongside others (mostly in much more difficult circumstances than I have!). Little tidbits of great advice came from lots of different places. I am coming to accept more that there is a reality that I will probably have to leave the field someday to take care of my mother, although it may be several years from now. The cohort is helping me manage the stress and expectations!—Chris
I was uncertain of the next steps in planning and caring for my mother. In addition, I’m in member care, so I wanted to vet this course in order to gain personal insight and also know when to recommend it to other cross-cultural workers in my organization. Highlights for me include sharing where each of us are in the process of dealing with aging parents and having the chance to process with others who truly get all the different angles and understand the ministry challenges in the midst of it all. In my situation, not a lot has changed, but I know that it will be changing at some point, and I feel better equipped to walk into those changes after a year in the cohort.—Reda
This group will run from September 2022 to August 2023.
We’ll do a survey after registration is closed to find the best time for the zoom calls based on where people are located who register for this support group.
The path may still be difficult, we can’t deny that. But what if instead of feeling torn, alone, and overwhelmed, you felt understood, connected, and able to hear God say, “Well done, good and faithful child to your parents.”
Registration opens August 1, 2023