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Saturday, April 7, 2018

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Aging Well 2018 Conference

Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 9am to 2pm
Clemmons Moravian Church



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Access the print registration form PDF only (no workshop listing) here [LINK]
Access the PDF listing only the workshops (no registration form) here [LINK]

If you have any issues with any of these files, please let us know! Email Andrew at


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The Aging Well Team works to address the needs of the Older Adults in the Southern Province. We help congregations recognize the need for and then find meaningful ways of providing programming and resources for their members who are older adults, as they age and deal with a variety of challenges.

Last year we presented our first Aging Well Conference. We had 80 participants from 23 congregations. It was so well received that we decided to organize this SECOND Annual Aging Well Conference. With top speakers in their field, this conference offers very helpful and educational sessions for the participants! Even though this conference is geared to older adults, most of the topics would interest adults of any age. All are invited to participate. We hope you will join us on April 7th.

Joy Cole & Kathy Sparks, Co-conveners, Aging Well Team



Aging Well 2018 Conference Schedule: 


9:00am  Check-In, Fellowship, and Coffee
 9:20am  Welcome and Devotions
  10:00am – 11:00am   Session #1
  11:15am – 12:15pm   Session #2
  12:15pm – 1:15pm   Lunch
  1:30pm – 2:00pm   Cherry Street Ensemble
  2:00pm  Closing Benediction



Workshops & Presenter Info for Aging Well 2018 Conference


What Abraham and Sarah Teach Us About Aging (Session #1 – A)

How do we not just get older, but get older and more serene, wiser, whole? The road that Abraham and Sarah were on was one of faith, one of obedience. We will consider their journey and how it can inform our own Christian journeys. Letting God, being gracious receivers, trusting God, and being willing to be surprised are a few of lessons we learn from Abraham and Sarah. Presenter: Linda Browne, Chaplain/Director of Spiritual Life at Salemtowne Retirement Community (13 years), ordained to the ministry in 2003 by Knollwood Baptist Church.


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Linda Browne


Writing Our Lives (Session #1 – B)

Reflective writing can be health restoring and can also lead to legacy writing and reflecting on our life’s spiritual path much as earlier Moravians did in their lebenslaufe. Socrates is credited with the statement that the unexamined life is not worth living, and contemporary research has shown that expressive writing can improve our mental and physical health. Using examples, some writing prompts and short practices, we will “write our lives” in this session. Presenter: Kay Windsor, member of New Philadelphia Moravian Church, facilitator of reflective writing group sponsored by the Geist Institute for Women’s Words, and 15-year member of the Farther Along writing group.


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Kay Windsor


Navigating the Healthcare System (Session #1 – C)

This session is designed to help others in understanding the layers that comprise our current healthcare system and useful tips to manage their care. Presenter: Lana Benton, RN, and Professional RN Patient Advocate. As owner and director of RN Patient Advocates of NC, she uses her experience to empower others in taking control of their health.


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Lana Benton


Seamless Movement: Tai Chi for Wellness and Fall Prevention (Session #2 – D)

A blending of Tai Chi, somatic practices and patterning to improve activities of daily living. We practice in a friendly environment with no pressure of “doing it right”. The movements are designed to bring body and movement awareness, balance changes and overall well-being. Chairs are used, not only for those that cannot stand for long periods of time, but to bring practical use of movement. Presenter: Beth Blair, Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and licensed in NC, Somatic and Wellness Coach, Tai Chi Instructor, Workshop Presenter, and Artist.


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Beth Blair


The Opioid Epidemic: Its Impact on Elders and Their Families (Session #2 – E)

This session will help educate the participants on the current Opioid crises and what is being done about it. We will identify symptoms of addiction and how to identify addiction in someone you love. We will review how and where to get help. Presenter: Karen Lawson, Master of Counseling from Wake Forest University with 32 years of experience working with addicts and alcoholics, former licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist and Certified Clinical Supervisor.


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Karen Lawson


Self-Help for Caregivers (Session #2 – F)

Caregivers often focus so much on the person in their care that they forget to take care of themselves. In this workshop, participants will learn tips to help caregivers manage their stress and not feel guilty about making their own health and wellbeing a top priority. Presenter: Debbie Barr is the author or coauthor of five books. A master certified health education specialist (MCHES), Debbie earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and her master’s degree in health education. She is employed by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as a health educator for the ACHIEVE research study.


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Debbie Barr


Book Signing with Debbie Barr (books sold separate from event registration)

1) Grace for the Unexpected Journey: A 60-Day Devotional for Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia Caregivers ($15 – cash or check only)
2) Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade: The 5 Love Languages and the Alzheimer’s Journey ($12 – cash or check only)
The book signing will be held during registration, lunch, and after the closing benediction.


Afternoon Program with Cherry Street Ensemble

At the initiation of an inmate over twenty years ago, an inmate choir was formed under the supervision of the Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries. Community volunteers work with the chaplains to supervise and coordinate the Cherry Street Ensemble Inmate Choir on trips to sing at churches and community events. These invitations provide opportunities for churches to meet inmates and hear their stories of redemption and hope. The choir is also a regular part of the Sunday worship services held at the prison each week.



Register now!


Click here to register online!

Click here to register via mail
Access the print registration form PDF only (no workshop listing) here [LINK]
Access the PDF listing only the workshops (no registration form) here [LINK]

If you have any issues with any of these files, please let us know! Email Andrew at


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Moravian Daily Texts


Monday, February 19 — Psalm 27:1–6
Genesis 46:28–47:31; Matthew 16:21–28

Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. 1 Corinthians 4:1

Holy Redeemer, you call us to put our hands to work in the stewardship of the world. Let us always be in awe of its splendor and the beauty of nature around us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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