"Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life," by George Vaillant (from the Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development - Little Brown, 2002, is a review of longitudinal studies of aging. Vaillant concludes that happiness in old age depends as much on our inner life as it does on exercise, diet and all the rest that we hear so much about in current versions of successful aging (Philadelphia Inquirer, September 16, 2001 pp 4-5). Pub. Date: January 2003; ISBN-13: 9780316090070
All Are Welcome: A Primer for Intentional Intergenerational Ministry and Dialogue
This book presents an approach to fostering five-generation dialogue within religious congregations to enhance understanding and effective action. Gambone, J. (1998). All are welcome: A primer for intentional intergenerational ministry and dialogue. Crystal Bay, MN: Elder Eye Press.
Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing
This book looks at the links between spirituality and health, across cultures. An audiocassette also available. Myss, C. (1996). Anatomy of the spirit: The seven stages of power and healing (1st ed.). New York: Harmony Books. Pub. Date: September 1997; ISBN-13: 9780609800140
Archeological and Sacred Places in Minnesota
A listing of archeological sites to visit, including some regarded as having sacred significance, can be found at the website for the Minnesota state archeologist.
Center for Spirituality and Healing, The
The Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota is working to create a new model of health care, one which brings together the science and art of healing to treat the whole person - mind, body and spirit. Through health sciences education, conferences and workshops, the Center offers older adults an expanded world view of self-care and holistic approaches to wellness and healing.
Cooperative Adult Ministry (CoAM), The
The Cooperative Adult Ministry (CoAM) is a coalition of 30 interfaith congregations that gathers persons and resources from participating congregations and the general community to serve the needs and apply the talents of older adults.
Ethical Wills: Putting Your Values on Paper
Barry K. Baines is Medical Director at Ucare, Minnesota, and Associate Medical Director of Hospice of the Twin Cities. He is also the CEO of The Legacy Center, an organization dedicated to preserving stories, values, and meaning for individuals, communities, and organizations. He has written a very useful paperback book on ethical wills - a way to pass on one's personal values, beliefs, blessings, and advice to future generations. Baines, B. K. (2001). Ethical Wills: Putting Your Values on Paper. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Press. ISBN:0738210552
Faith in Action
Faith in Action is a national volunteer movement that brings together community organizations and religious congregations of various faiths to assist people who are aging and chronically ill with everyday activities enabling them to maintain their independence. The website contains a searchable database that lists programs by state. Minnesota has 58 programs located throughout the state.
Guide to Lifework: Working with Integrity and Heart--Book and Workshops in Lifework Planning
Leonard Lang, Ph.D. of Beard Avenue offers hands-on workshops in lifework discovery and planning, emphasizing a creative, spiritual approach. A complete program is also available in the book Guide to Lifework: Working with Integrity and Heart. Programs open the public are offered at colleges, churches (of all denominations), and at career planning conferences.
Hungry Spirit, The: Beyond Capitalism
Written by Charles Handy, a respected business and social philosopher, this book inspires readers to question traditional, socially-accepted definitions of success and instead find meaning and fulfillment in their professional, personal and spiritual lives. Handy, C. (1998). The hungry spirit: Beyond capitalism: A quest for purpose in the modern world. New York: Broadway Books. ISBN 0767901886
Luther Seminary has several programs related to the ministry and aging to equip students for creative and responsible leadership roles in congregations and communities.
Pathways: A Health Crisis Resource Center
Pathways is a holistic educational resource center for people in health crisis. It offers a wide variety of classes and individual consultations that explore psychological, emotional, and spiritual issues. Their center is located in the Uptown area of Minneapolis.
Spiritual Eldering Project
The Spiritual Eldering project offers programs, workshops, and presentations, including the "From Age-ing to Sage-ing" workshop.
Upper Room, The
Upper Room is a ministry that provides spiritual magazines, books, programs and other services.