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The Center for Spirituality of Aging Volunteer Opportunities & Learning Events for Seniors

Our mission is to inspire and empower seniors to experience aging as an adventure in spiritual growth, a journey for exploring dignity and hope.

The Center for Spirituality of Aging inspires seniors to embrace aging as a spiritual journey, a time for finding deeper meaning and purpose. The gift of years is for living life to the fullest, a time for creativity, serving others and lifelong learning. Community outreach programs provide health related (physical, emotional, social and spiritual) activities and link elders in Galveston County with resources through the Sealy Center on Aging and other entities at UTMB. Outreach programs also provide a forum for caregivers of the elderly to share experiences and resources.

Friends of the ACE Unit

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Friends of the ACE Unit is a program for training volunteers to visit patients in the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit. The ACE Unit is for patients 70 and older, and is currently located on the 11th floor of the UTMB Jennie Sealy Hospital. Volunteers are trained to be "compassionate listeners" and to make weekly visits to patients. Volunteers play the piano, sing carols walking the halls at Christmas, work puzzles, play games, and visit with families of patients. More than 150 persons have received ACE Unit training.

Abundant Living

photo of seniors rowing a kayak at Abundant Living Conference

Dates: February 26 - 28, 2018
Location: Camp Allen, near Navasota, TX
Audience: Seniors, their families and caregivers

The Annual Abundant Living Conference is a dynamic, multi-faceted program that includes geriatricians, art, music, movement, experts on aging, and a Bucket List of activities with nature walks, canoeing, fly fishing, labyrinth walks, meditation, and much more. Approximately 130 individuals attend each year.

Community Events
  • Senior Beach Walks: For the month of April, 2017 we met at the Steward Beach Pavilion east entrance for guided Senior Beach Walks. Water and snacks were provided. View photos of the beach walks.
  • Monthly Breakfast Program: Center staff collaborate with four other local groups to sponsor a monthly breakfast, educational program, and networking opportunity for Galveston County health care providers of nursing homes, assisted living, home care, hospices and other elder care entities. This event gives providers, educators and administrators a much needed opportunity to share their latest innovations and facility activities. Follow us on Twitter to learn more about these events, or email aging.research@utmb.edu
  • Lunch and Learn Events: A grant received from the First Presbyterian Church Outreach Committee enabled the Center to sponsor a series of five Lunch and Learn gatherings in 2016. The lunches were held at the McGuire Dent Recreational Center. Lunch presenters were UTMB doctors or professors who specialize in chronic diseases most prevalent in elders. All advertising was published in English and Spanish.
  • Learning Dinners: In March 2016, the Center sponsored Learning Dinners for Persons with Dementia, Their Families, Friends and Caregivers for Galveston area families and their loved ones with dementia, friends and caregivers. Following a light supper, an interactive conversation with a panel of Alzheimer's and dementia specialists was led by Alice Williams, Libbie's Place Senior Day Program.
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