Discover the Jewish tradition's insights on growing older and eldercare in this groundbreaking resource--the only one of its kind!
"Judaism can be [tremendously] powerful for those searching for new meaning and roles, for perspective on life's profound questions, and for solace amid the inevitable loss and change of later life.... It is time to forge a new paradigm for the Jewish response to aging."
--from the Introduction
From the rapidly changing retirement years to the sometimes wrenching challenges of dementia and chronic illness, spiritual questions and needs among today's elders and caregivers are central. This rich resource probes Jewish texts to offer solutions and suggestions for finding meaning, purpose and community within Jewish tradition.
With timely--and timeless--wisdom, Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman uncovers a deep, never-before-realized approach to caring for the aging and the elderly with a refreshing and inspiring vitality. Spanning textual analysis as well as spiritual and pastoral perspectives, the insights offered in these pages provide practical guidance for spiritual care and communal programming to engage, honor and serve elders and their families.
Accessible and honest, Jewish and non-Jewish clergy, chaplains, elder- and healthcare professionals, volunteers and family members will find this guide an invaluable asset as they explore how to empower elders and their families through daily spiritual and communal life.
"Teaches us how we may be present with our elderly regardless of their life stage. Compassionate and sensitive ... a valuable and useful addition to the growing dialogue on the implications of aging for the Jewish community."
--Rabbi Richard F. Address, DMin, director, Department of Jewish Family Concerns, Union for Reform Judaism
"Powerfully argues that people advanced in years are ripe with possibilities for spiritual growth and offers guidance that is both practical and inspiring."
--Rabbi Mychal Springer, associate dean and director of Field Education of the Rabbinical School, The Jewish Theological Seminary
"Impressive ... draws on rich Jewish tradition to help reframe and revalue later life, a task now indispensable for our aging society."
--Harry R. Moody, director of Academic Affairs, AARP
"[Draws] a new map of old age ... connects aging with meaning with caregiving with community and makes a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. [Will enrich] the American conversations about aging, wherever they take place."
--William H. Thomas, MD, president, Eden Alternative; author, What Are Old People For? How Elders Will Save the World