Statement of Purpose
The Committee on Aging is concerned with the needs of aging people and
their caregivers and the ways New England Yearly Meeting, quarterly meetings, and individual monthly meetings can address those needs. It aims to increase awareness
of the aging process, including its challenges and opportunities. Its role includes
assisting Friends and the wider community to recognize, cherish and learn from the
knowledge, wisdom and experiences of our more aged Friends.
Committee Members 2012
- Clerk: Eleanor Cappa (2013)
- 2012: Mildred Roberts, Christina Smith, Mary Zwirner
- 2013: Anne Kriebel, Martha Schwope
- 2014: Debbie Colgan
To contact the committee write to the Clerk, Committee on Aging at:
aging (at) neym
901 Pleasant St.
Committee on Aging
2011 Annual Report
This year's Committee on Aging is filled with a vibrant and lively group of dedicated workers who bring diverse experience and enthusiasm to our meetings. We continue to meet at the homes of some of our members, especially our elder members' home whenever possible, thereby honoring our commitment to our mission, "to cherish and learn from the knowledge, wisdom, and experience of our more aged Friends."
We also have followed our newly developed concern for the needs of aging people, their caregivers, and the way New England Yearly Meeting, quarterly meetings, and monthly meetings can address those needs. We developed and piloted a workshop called "Growing And Aging In The Spirit," which we offered to three quarterly meetings (with more to come). The workshop encourages participants to ponder and discuss readings and queries about their experiences of body, mind and spirit in the inevitable process of aging, as well as "Befriending Our Own Mortality" from a 2007 Weed lecture by Thomas Gates. Our commitment is to increase awareness of the challenges and opportunities that lay before us.
We continue to improve and add to our Library/Resource lists of pamphlets, books, films, and information that can be accessed online.
The tasks before us are: 1. To broaden the ages and gender diversity of our committee. 2. To continue to seek more input from meetings and individuals as to how we can identify and assist the wants and needs of our elders, their families, friends, and caregivers.
The committee is grateful for the support and interest from the Nominating and Sessions Committees. It helped us focus the spirit and life of the committee.
— Eleanor Cappa, clerk