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2016 Annual Report
As the Committee on Aging (COA), our efforts focus on helping Friends to address the many dimensions of growing older: spiritual, physical, practical.
At Sessions 2015, we reprised the Respite Oasis, a quiet space to lounge with a particular invitation to caregivers, provisioned with take-way pamphlets and flyers related to aging. During the Afternoon Opportunities, we offered a “Death Cafe,” worship-sharing about death with a view to living fully in the now, inspired by the Swiss sociologist/anthropologist Bernard Crettaz, who organized the first café mortel in 2004. Fourteen Friends with varying backgrounds, including hospice, nursing, and academia, participated.
The following day, members of COA and Anita Paul, a long-time New York Yearly Meeting trainer with Aging Resources Consultation Help (ARCH) presented Support Across Generations for Elders (SAGE) to identify Friends called to minister to meeting members facing challenges with chronic or serious illness, or end-of-life concerns. Friends were invited to participate in the in-depth training December 13–15, 2015 at Woolman Hill to become SAGE visitors. C.O.A. worked to recruit participation from a variety of monthly meetings for the SAGE training.