Alzheimer’s/Dementia: Ministry with the Forgotten
Tennessee Conference United Methodist Church Adult / Older Adult Ministries Alzheimer’s / Dementia: Ministry with the Forgotten with Bishop Kenneth Carder video shoot in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMCom.
In 2009, someone was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia every 77 seconds.
Today, someone is diagnosed every 66 seconds. And the number is escalating.
In 2050, it will be one person every 33 seconds.
For retired United Methodist Bishop Kenneth Carder, the statistics are personal. His wife, Linda, was diagnosed with frontal temporal dementia and he was called into a new vocation—that of caregiver for Linda.
Out of that experience, Bishop Carder felt led to create a five-part study, Alzheimer’s/Dementia: Ministry with the Forgotten, (free downloadable videos and leader’s guide are available below) because he wanted to help start conversations within United Methodist congregations and generate action around caring for people who have a form of dementia as well as their caregivers.
Learn more about Bishop Carder’s journey in the article, Alzheimer’s/Dementia: Ministry with the Forgotten.