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Joy Boosters

120 Ways to Encourage Older Adults

Missy Buchanan • February 2013

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Know an elderly person who needs a little encouragement? Missy Buchanan, an older adult advocate and a former creativity educator, offers you a bounty of ideas for lifting the spirits of older adults. Her passion for and sensitivity to the needs of elderly persons shine through in this practical book that's chock-full of simple, creative ways to boost the joy of older adults. JOY BOOSTERS is perfect for families and friends of older adults, caregivers, senior residence facilities, and churches wanting to minister effectively to older adults. Don't miss an opportunity to make someone's day … or week.


Categories: Caregiving, Older Adults
An advocate for older adults, Missy Buchanan is an internationally recognized author and speaker on issues of aging faithfully, drawing from her personal experience as a caregiver for her own aging parents. She has appeared twice on Good Morning America with coanchor Robin Roberts, who describes Missy as “the rare soul that understands, truly understands, older adults: their fears, struggles, and hopes.” With thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook, Missy provides daily insight and encouragement for the journey of aging. Her first book, Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body, remains a top seller in addition to seven other titles that are often found on bedside tables in senior living communities and in church libraries. Her newest book, Beach Calling: A Devotional Journal for the Middle Years and Beyond, will release in summer 2019. Missy has been a speaker at hundreds of churches, senior living communities, and aging conferences including the National Boomer Ministry Conference, the Festival of Wisdom and Grace, and the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network National Conference. She has delivered messages about caregiving and faithful aging to churches of many denominations, including the largest United Methodist Church in the United States—Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. She has also been a featured speaker aboard cruises for Educational Opportunities Tours. A resident of Rockwall, Texas, Missy enjoys regular visits to senior living communities in her area to see her older adult friends, being a greeter at her local church, and basking in her favorite role of all: grandmother.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1192-7

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1193-4

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1194-1

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: 20130201

Trim Size: 5 in (w) x 8 in (h) x 0.1325 in (d)

Page Count: 64

BISAC Categories: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Life Stages / Later Years

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CHOICE 1 Joy Boosters is a rich resource for churches, ministry teams, and families. Its pages are full of practical ideas of ways to connect with older adults that are easy to implement and seasoned with spiritual wisdom. Missy Buchanan invites us to deepen our relationships with older adults through reshaping our everyday life moments into joyous opportunities. CHOICE 2 Missy Buchanan’s thoughtful book of practical ideas is a compelling resource that inspires us to connect with older adults in meaningful and personal ways. Missy’s sensitive suggestions help enhance our everyday moments with older adults so that they burst with energy and joy. CHOICE 3 Joy Boosters is packed with practical ideas and is a valuable resource for familes and anyone who works with and cares about older adults. Missy Buchanan invites us to deepen our relationships with older adults through reshaping our everyday life moments into joyous opportunities. Joel Wrobbel Host of Journey Through Aging radio program, a radio ministry of the Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Winner of the LeadingAge 2012 Public Trust Award So often we hold back from interacting with older adults because we don’t know how to relate or don’t know what to say. This book by Missy Buchanan has taken away our excuses. The creative and doable activities gathered here give us new ways of connecting and being present with the older adults in our families, churches, and communities. Rev. Nancy Gordon Director, California Lutheran Homes Center for Spirituality and Aging Joy Boosters is a much needed book for anyone providing care to older adults. It is a must read for those with older friends, relatives, and church members either living at home or in assisted living or senior community. Missy Buchanan's insight to encouraging older adults is outsdtanding, and this book is a practical and valuable resource for all of us in sharing Christian love with our "senior saints." Larry Wasserman, Director Faithful Friends Nursing Home Ministry Raleigh, North Carolina An absolutely wonderful go-to resource for volunteers and family members looking for practical ways to create meaningful visits with older adults. Amy Hanson, PhD speaker and author of Baby Boomers and Beyond: Tapping the Ministry Talents and Passions of Adults Over 50