Spiritual Purpose of Aging Workshop Exercise

Faciltator Chaplain Renee, engages the Openhouse Community in this exercise that is a companion piece to the Spiritual Purpose of Aging Workshop video.

The Spiritual Purpose of Aging Workshop Presented by Nader Shabahangi
Workshop Exercise Facilitated by Chaplain Renee

Facilitator Chaplain Renee, engages the Openhouse Community in an exercise during the Spiritual Purpose of Aging Workshop. Chaplain Renee sets up an interactive exercise where she has the group imagine themselves in the future, 5, 10, or 20 yrs from now. She then encourages the participants to then look back at themselves at the age they are now. She asks them to imagine what their more mature self would say to their younger self: what words of wisdom might their more mature self have for their younger self?

The Openhouse Community participants share some of their Elder’s advice to them. The subjects that the participants talk about include their more mature self encouraging them to do “one day at a time,” to “not let go of those things that nourish you,” “listen,” to “not worry so much,” and “to relax, I have more to give.”

A couple of participants mention feeling fear and presenter Nader Shabahangi discusses what “might be right about feeling fear.” Nader proposes to the group what fear can do for us.

Facilitator Chaplain Renee
Chaplain Renee is interested in the spiritual dimension of her own aging, is a volunteer chaplain working with The Ministry of Presence and serves at assisted living communities. “Also known as Sister Jendra Uforia of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Renee has committed herself to serve the LGBTQI aging community by creating and holding space for those dealing with illness, dying, and death.”

Presenter Dr Nader Shabahangi
Dr Nader Shabahangi is an author, therapist, and Eldership facilitator who works on the forefront of humanistically-orientated forgetfulness care for those who are diagnosed with changing cognition conditions otherwise known as dementia/Alzheimer’s. Nader Shabahangi is CEO and Founder of AgeSong Assisted Living Communities in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

The Spiritual Purpose of Aging Workshop was Hosted by Openhouse SF in Partnership with the Ministry of Presence Institute
Openhouse SF –  is dedicated to serving elder LGBT adults located in the San Francisco Bay Area. “Openhouse enables San Francisco Bay Area LGBT seniors to overcome the unique challenges they face as they age by providing housing, direct services and community programs. As a result, we have reduced isolation and empowered LGBT seniors to improve their overall health, well-being and economic security.”

The Ministry of Presence Institute (MPI) chaplains serve the LGBT community and volunteer in assisted living residences including the ” AgeSong Assisted Living Communities – www.agesong.com. The Ministry of Presence Institute is a non-profit 501(3)c committed to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of those most often forgotten in the LGBT community. MPI offers non-sectarian chaplaincy programs for volunteers in the communities where they themselves live, love, work, and play, for the LGBT agencies or venues of their choice.

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