Jeanne Childs, Chaplain at the DHMC Aging Resource Center was a guest at the CCDC Cares lunch in November. Jeanne talked about the many programs and support groups the Center has to offer the aging population and people who are caregivers to the elderly or others. She talked about her role as spiritual adjunct to geriatricians who often call upon her when traditional medicine has done all it can for a person. We had an interesting discussion about the importance of listening—truly listening when another is speaking. How often do we want to “fix” things when what a person may really need is an engaged and listening ear with permission to continue talking when there is a lull in the conversation. When we listen in a healing way, we carry no agenda for the other person or ourselves. We listen because we know from our own experience how affirming it is when someone carefully hears us in a way that honors who we are as whole human beings. The 18 CCDC Cares volunteers who gathered recognize that asking for help is difficult, but if we make helping others the “norm” for our congregation, asking for help may become less difficult. So, if you see that a neighbor needs a helping hand, offer to be that person or to find the help they need. Or if you wonder if a parishioner needs help, either ask or bring it to someone who might know or could help find the answer. We might become aware that someone could use a helping hand through our neighborhood groups or other gatherings. The CCDC Cares volunteers want to let people know that helping others with chores and projects is one way we choose to serve God’s purpose for our being. In saying this, know that it gives the helper as much pleasure to help as it does the receiver to get the help.
To relieve holiday stress and provide some help with balance and coordination, come to the next session of Tai Chi to be held on Tuesdays at 2:30 on Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14th. Cost is $15 for all three sessions. A regular 8-week session will begin again after the holidays. It doesn’t matter if you did not attend the first session. Our instructor, Ann Bower, is knowledgeable, experienced, and mindful of any limitations you might have.