New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Settling In

My First Year in a Retirement Community

Richard L. Morgan • January 2007

BUY Print $15.99

BUY eBook (Available in ePub or Kindle) $9.99

Richard L. Morgan has carved a niche as a bestselling author and an authority on older adult ministries and concerns. Now, he chronicles his own transition to a retirement community.

Morgan speaks frankly about the losses and realities as he approached his own not-yet-frail "fourth quarter" (after age 75). Drawing from his journals of those sometimes-agonizing months, he takes us through his decision to move to a long-term facility and the first year of settling in.

"The retirement community became my home, and I must confront the inevitable illnesses of old age … every day," Morgan writes. "While I could not minimize the difficulties and issues I faced in this new lifestyle, it gave me a view of this life as an insider. I became a participant, not an observer [as before in my ministry]."

Morgan addresses the fears of life after 75: loss of health, cognitive ability, short-term memory, independence, and status. Fifty-two scripture passages, meditations, and prayers offer hope for those along this intense pilgrimage.

As one reviewer says, "Settling In speaks loudly of the continuing call of a God with hands outstretched, who is always challenging us to further horizons, larger concerns and constantly surprising us with news to love and be loved."

Morgan's soul-baring reflections are invaluable for those considering a move to a retirement community, current residents, their family and friends, and staff of facilities.

Categories: Older Adults
Richard L. Morgan, a retired Presbyterian (USA) pastor, offers pastoral care to residents with dementia and their caregivers and facilitates an Alzheimer’s support group at the Redstone Highlands retirement community near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also writes a bimonthly newsletter, “Notes at 90,” for family and friends. In addition to his seminary training, Richard has an MA in Counseling and training in clinical pastoral education. He is the author or coauthor of 20 books.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-9908-6

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1294-8

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1295-5

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: January 2007

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 192

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / General

BISAC1: REL012000

BISAC2: REL012070

BISAC3: FAM005000

"Richard Morgan has a passion for enhancing the lives of older adults. Upon reading his latest book, my desire is to share it with others, for it is comprehensive and 'rings true.' He speaks of his own insightful experiences in making the transition to retirement community living, with all of the accompanying challenges and joys. Dr. Morgan's narrative offers encouragement and support to those who are making this journey."
— James D. Ludwick Chaplain and United Methodist Pastor Otterbeing-Lebanon Retirement Living Community

"Setting In captures well the wide range of emotions typically experienced by residents in their initial years in a continuing care retirement community. The author conceals few of his feelings and criticisms, candidly describing the difficulties from a home and lifestyle of many years to a congregate care environment. Morgan's deep and pervasive theological grounding and pastoral commitment gives the book a meditative character with each of the 52 vignettes beginning with thoughtfully selected scripture and ending with prayer."
— Samuel M. Stone Executive Director Glenaire Continuing Care Retirement Community