Aging Well with Family and Community series set for fall 2020

A conversation at Newton Highlands Congregational Church, UCC

This October through December, NHCC will offer a four-part community conversation with expert speakers encouraging us to think about

  • How we and our parents want to age
  • How to access community resources
  • How to take charge of our end-of-life decisions

Too often, end-of-life decisions are made by default. But we benefit by reflecting on what we hope and dream for our own care and that of our loved ones. This series takes time for faithful conversation in a safe space.

The sessions will be held on Zoom; session 4 may include an in-person option. This is planned as a four-part series, but you may attend only one or two sessions.

  • Suggested donation: $10 for each session
  • Session 4 is open to all at no charge

Life Care Planning: Making Choices as We Grow Older and Live Longer

Thursday, October 22, 7:15-8:30 p.m.


Photo of speaker Karen Wasserman
Karen Wasserman

Karen Wasserman, LICSW, Aging Life Care Professional, and director of Your Elder Experts, a division of Jewish Family & Children’s Services

These days, many of us are reading Being Mortal and The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning. How do we use planning to create the future we’d like as we age?

  • Aging in place or finding my next community
  • The nuts and bolts of care: cost, availability, and how it all works
  • How do my values and faith influence me?

Lest We Forget: Essential Conversations in the Coronavirus Era

Thursday, November 12, 7:15-8:30 p.m.


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Ted Hong

Ted Hong, physician specializing in radiation oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital

Arlene Lowney, expert in hospice and palliative care and Alzheimer’s; nurse, administrator, and educator

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Arlene Lowney

How do our values and beliefs guide our decisions about the healthcare we may have during a medical event?

  • What’s truly important to me now?
  • Talking with my doctor and documenting my wishes (resources and checklist provided)
  • How to be and how to choose a Health Care Proxy
  • “Magic wand” questions for people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias

Creating a Legacy from Everyday Life

Wednesday, December 2, 7:15-8:30 p.m.


photo of speaker Claire Willis
Claire Willis

Claire Willis, LICSW, author of Lasting Words: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life.

How do we want to be remembered, what difference has our life made, and how can we pass on our wisdom to family and friends we love?

  • Creating and writing a spiritual or ethical will to share with loved ones
  • Learning techniques for reflecting on my life, passing on wisdom, and sharing important stories
  • Writing a legacy letter

First Thanksgiving/Blue Christmas (all are welcome, regardless of previous participation)

Sunday, December 13, 4:00-5:15 p.m.


photo of speaker Claire Willis
Claire Willis

Claire Willis, LICSW, co-author of Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way from Loss to Peace

Kenneth Baily, senior pastor of Newton Highlands Congregational Church, UCC

How do we prepare for holidays and anniversaries during our time of grief?

Photo of Ken Baily, pastor
Ken Baily, senior pastor
  • Experiencing loss as an individual and/or family
  • Considering our grief as an expression of our love
  • Following God and finding hope in our path toward healing

After an opening presentation on the journey from loss to peace, we will continue with our own stories and offerings and conclude with a candlelight series of prayers for those we have lost and for the faith that empowers us.

In addition to offering this session on Zoom, we may also invite participants to gather in the very large Great Hall if they wish.

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