Life in Retirement

My husband Gil, and I, had a wonderful life living in Loxton, in South Australia’s Riverland, where we raised our three children. Eventually, Gil had a transfer to Adelaide, so we made the move to the city. We settled into our lovely home in Valley View, with beautiful gardens and entertainment areas. We missed our country lifestyle but enjoyed the family benefits the move created. As I write, I contemplate the thankfulness that overwhelms me, as later, Gil and myself were offered a retirement home in the Lutheran Homes Incorporated …

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An elderly women's hands are laid in her lap. She is wearing a checked gingham dress and a green cardigan. Her hands are wrinkled, and gnarly from age.

In everything give thanks – for Ministry with the Ageing

When the Committee for Ministry with the Ageing was being developed, it was initially to be called the Committee for Ministry to the Ageing. However, due to a lightbulb moment, and the realisation that ministry is a two-way process, the current name was selected. We know that we are an ageing church. The latest Australian census told us that nearly one in every six people is aged 65 years and older. The average age of people in the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) and New Zealand is 60 years. We …

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The journey so far …

His doctor took his driving licence away! From that time on, my wonderful, loving, physically fit husband’s behaviour changed – running away, not dressing correctly, irritable with me. David went into respite care when I went to the USA with my daughter for the birth of another great-grandchild and a permanent place was found for him when I returned home. It has been 18 months of watching him slowly losing memory of family and friends, and now he is mostly sleeping. I know he is in a safe place and …

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