Mature adult

See also a unique process of inviting and gathering adults for a parish book study. Support groups – of various kinds – can be a powerful opportunity for the ongoing formation which maturing adults are often craving, support for the day-to-day, real life challenges and events.Janet Schaeffler, OP We are getting older; those in their later years are now becoming a larger segment of the population than the youth.“Nearly every industry in society, from health care to entertainment, is scrambling to respond to this age wave that is crashing on our shores.” (Roberto, 35) Within this growth is a phenomenon we have never experienced before. With longevity drastically increasing, we now have “mature adults” (5575 years) as a distinct group with specific needs and interests.Wanting to be involved in the parish but unable to do something at night, a 74-year old woman began a daytime book club at St.Regis Church, Bloomfield Hills, MI, inviting all parishioners.Can we have a tech room where people can learn, where people can use computers (if theirs is currently creating problems, etc.)? (This is also easy to do with face-to-face opportunities.Our surrounding community services, educational institutions, cultural opportunities provide much that we can link to and/or partner with.) Of course, the online opportunities abound: • The Open University on i Tunes U: • C21 Online: Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation: https://vlc.udayton.edu/ • STEP: https://edu/about/ Conversation.When he introduced the Model T, the marketing message was essentially, “You can have any color you want as long as it is black.” Donald Tapscott, the author of several books on today’s digital world, uses a different term to describe what drives business today: “Mass Customization.” In effect, “you can have whatever you want customized to your wishes.” What does this mean for adult faith formation?We can no longer approach adult faith formation with a “one-size-fits-all” mentality.” One gentleman responded, “My past experience regarding mature adults’ preferred way of learning was to sit and listen has changed. This involves open and dialogical experiences where deep listening, on-going reflection and mutual respect are practiced.For the past seven years in my present parish, most attempts at ‘teaching’ were not well received; maybe us older folks are beginning to realize that we can learn more from each other . Being free to raise hard questions and to explore “what if” possibilities can help mature adults grow in faith and in discipleship that offers compassion and works for justice.

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