How does the senior in your life practice their faith? How would they like to practice their faith? Is faith important to them?
When thinking about activities for a senior loved one in your life, always consider their faith. Does Mom practice her faith? If she always has practiced, is she practicing now? If not why not? If she does practice now, how can I assist her in continuing? Is her faith important to her?
Knowing what your loved one’s faith habits are is the first step in helping them to practice it. So ask him or another person close to him what those faith habits are. There may be several or there may be none at all. There may be something that he’d like to start doing or hasn’t done in a very long time. These are all simple questions to ask.
As with other activities, sometimes we may need to assist our senior loved ones in continuing to do the things they used to love to do.
Here is a basic list of faith habits to consider.
This list may lead you to consider other habits not listed here. Make your own list as you discuss them with your loved one so you can assist him in putting faith into practice. Just note that faith is sometimes personal and private.
- Attendance at church
- Attendance at church groups such as bible study, women’s groups, men’s groups, etc…
- Volunteering at church
- Prayer before meals
- Daily prayer (morning, afternoon, evening)
- Bible reading
- Prayers of thanks
- Prayers of Blessings
- Prayers of intercessions
- Reading devotionals and other books
- Television services and other programs
- Other specific religious habits connected to one’s own faith