The Senior Care Awareness Day, hosted by the church’s Stephen Ministry, begins at 9 a.m.
Participating speakers include representatives from AARP, Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, and hospice care as well as mental health advocates.
They will cover topics ranging from “Protecting Your Family During Difficult Times” to “Adding Value to Your Life After 50.”
Coordinator Barbara Moody and Ed Birt, minister of Discipleship and Evangelism, say the annual observance grew out of a response from Ousley members who are providing care for their parents as they age.
They said members found that there are vast amounts of information available but the information is not centralized for easy access.
The church’s event for “children responsible for their parents” offers access to information in one location.
The event also will provide a support group for church and community members who are caregivers for aging parents.
Ousley’s ministry to seniors includes an Older Adult Bible Study that meets every Tuesday at 11 a.m.
The Stephen Series, also called Stephen Ministry, provides congregations with the training, resources and ongoing support to organize and equip a team of lay caregivers – called Stephen ministers – who provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties.
Since 1975, the St. Louis-based Stephen Ministries has helped more than 11,000 congregations in more than 150 denominations in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and 23 other countries implement Stephen Ministry.
Ousley UMC is at 3261 Panola Road. For more information, visit www.ousleyumc.org or call 770-981-0180.