About the Book
The Leader’s Guide for Seasons of Caring provides guidance and structure for support groups based on Seasons of Caring: Meditations for Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers. Nationally renowned author, retired pastor and ClergyAgainstAlzheimer’s founder, Dr. Richard L. Morgan has written the Leader's Guide based on over sixty years of pastoral care for those with Alzheimer's, including as a hospice chaplain and facilitator for caregiver support groups. The Leader's Guide is written in the spirit of interfaith respect and cooperation and is for use by support group facilitators in both congregational and community settings. We are honored to include the artwork of Lester E. Potts, Jr., created while he was a client at Caring Days Adult Dementia Daycare Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Praise For "Leader's Guide"
I love this Leader's Guide and Seasons of Caring. They are beautiful books. If you are at all spiritual – and I mean every kind of spirituality – there are short stories in here from imams, quotes from the Koran, from Buddha, from Christianity, from Old Testament, from New Testament, rabbis, ministers, preachers of all different kinds. If you are a caregiver support group facilitator, or you are working in your faith community this Leader's Guide is a great resource.
— Pam Atwood, Director of Dementia Care Services at Hebrew HealthCare
The Leader's Guide for Seasons of Caring is a welcome resource for those working to provide compassionate care for Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers. The Leader's Guide uses an innovative and inclusive interfaith approach to organizing support groups for dementia caregivers, emphasizing universal themes, such as personal stories, guilt and self care. The Leader's Guide incorporates meditations from its companion book, Seasons of Caring: Meditations for Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers, including stories, reflections, songs and prayers from faith leaders from a wide of religious traditions. Every year Alzheimer's impacts more and more Latino families and families of every background. The Leader's Guide is a highly professional tool with simple yet powerful guidance for faith or community-based leaders to provide critical support for caregivers.
— Constantina Mizis, Founder and CEO, The Latino Alzheimer's Alliance
More than 15 million Americans are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease, and that number is growing. Faith leaders have a critical role to play in supporting these caregivers. Spiritual support and connections to others are critical to improving quality of life and well being for caregivers. The Leader's Guide for Seasons of Caring does just that - laying out an easy to implement and powerful ten week support group focused on universal themes such as self care, grief and faith, which can be easily implemented in congregations, senior living communities and by any Alzheimer's serving organization. We congratulate Dr. Morgan and the Clergy Network for this outstanding and much needed resource.
— Lisa Winstel, Caregiver Action Network
Seasons of Caring: Meditations for Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers and its accompanying Leader’s Guide are must have resources for congregations searching for a meaningful way to comfort and care for families who are facing Alzheimer’s. In the Leader’s Guide, Dr. Morgan has a gift for framing just the right questions. Whether you are reflecting on your own or with a group, his insightful guidance will draw out the truth of caregiver experiences and help you sort through complex emotions. Interfaith meditations from Seasons of Caring are incorporated for discussion, allowing us to learn from the experiences and reflections of Christian writers, as well as our brothers and sisters of many other faiths. Easy to use and easy to understand, these resources will be immediately helpful in a variety of settings. As I and so many faith leaders see each day, Alzheimer's is a growing challenge to our communities, and we must join together to better care for all of our families facing this disease.
— Pastor Paige Eaves, University United Methodist Church, Irvine, CA