Catholic Health Association of Manitoba

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Spiritual needs are tied in with the essence of the person and its raison d’être. Like everyone else, the elderly are searching for the meaning of life and a sense of belonging to a community that shares their fundamental values. They also seek to connect with a transcendent Being so as to make sense of their suffering and grief.

Grieving is a common occurrence among older adults (deceased relatives and friends, poor health, loss of home and autonomy, such as a driver’s license), and the goal is to help them with respect and compassion, to maintain or recover a positive attitude toward aging.

The following are a few links to resources in the community:

Community Health Resources

Self-Help Organizations


Guidance and tools supporting best practices in the isolation care of people with dementia in long-term care.

Dementia Isolation Toolkit


Aging Is a Family Affair: How to Prepare for Tomorrow's Difficult Caregiving Conversations—Today                              by Mary Ann Massey EdD

Collecting 33 unique family case studies derived directly from patient experiences, formally conducted interviews, and informal encounters and anecdotes, this resource illustrates several inevitable lessons that reinforce the pressing need for families to engage aging loved ones sooner, not later, about long-term elder care, loss, and end of life planning. Each narrative approaches aging from a unique perspective, exposing real families overcoming their own taboos, dysfunctional relationships, unhealed wounds, and other unforeseen challenges. Unique in its focus, extent, and narrative format, each study is complemented by clear, reassuring, and practical advice.

Publication date: 2011-04-15 ISBN: 9780824526238    To order the book: To order the book: 

Aging with Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives      by David Snowdon, PhD

In 1986 Dr. David Snowdon, one of the world’s leading experts on Alzheimer’s disease, embarked on a revolutionary scientific study that would forever change the way we view aging—and ultimately living. Dubbed the “Nun Study” because it involves a unique population of 678 Catholic sisters, this remarkable long-term research project has made headlines worldwide with its provocative discoveries.

Yet Aging with Grace is more than a groundbreaking health and science book. It is the inspiring human story of these remarkable women—ranging in age from 74 to 106—whose dedication to serving others may help all of us live longer and healthier lives.

Publication date: 2018-01-01 ISBN: 9782896884513    To order the book:

Prayers for Dementia      by Fay Sampson

Written beautifully, gently offering helpful advice, Prayers for Dementia offers short passages of information, support and counsel for persons with dementia for carers, family, friends, and for the larger caring community. Each passage concludes with a suggested prayer from the heart, which readers can adapt, allowing for personal names to be introduced.

Publication date: 2018-09-01 ISBN: 9782896884421   To order the book: