Dunwoody UMC: Senior adult care discussions


     “Parent Care: A Conference for Senior Adults and Those Who Care About Them” will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 12, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 13 at Dunwoody UMC, 1548 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody 30338.  Senior adults, adult children, pastors, church program staff, age-level coordinators, and all those who care about senior adults will benefit from attending the conference.
     The guest speakers for the day will be the Rev. Joy T. Melton, J.D., and G. Scott Middleton.  Rev. Melton, the creator and author of the series of Safe Sanctuaries books, will speak on her recently released, “Safe Sanctuaries: The Church Responds to Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Older Adults.”  In addition to being an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, Rev. Melton is an attorney who is an expert in church law and risk management issues.  Copies of her book, which offers valuable, practical advice to help churches reduce the possibilities for abuse and exploitation of elders, will be available for $25 at the event.
    G. Scott Middleton, the CEO of Agape Senior, a network of senior adult care facilities and services in South Carolina, will speak on his book, “Parent Talk: The Nine Conversations to Have With Your Aging Loved Ones.”  Scott's book draws on his years of experience in senior healthcare to assist participants in anticipating issues of declining health, understanding the best care options, and making sound decisions.  The mission of Agape Senior is to provide integrated health services to meet the needs of senior adults in a faith-based atmosphere. The company's philosophy is based upon its commitment to provide the best quality care possible for members of our senior adult community.  Middleton's book also will be on sale for $10 at the event. www.dunwoodyumc.org
Encounter Weekend offered for clergy/spouse couples
      Marriage Encounter United Methodist has seven weekends planned across the United States, with an Atlanta weekend set for April 26-23 at the Atlanta Marriott Norcross, 475 Technology Parkway, Norcross 30092. The goal is to support married clergy and church staff by helping them grow in their marriages. Clergy who attend also can earn 1.5 CEUs. To apply, visit www.encounter.org.  For more information, contact Dana & Mark Turpin at encounter.umc.ga@att.net or Gary & Lisa Morris at 678-819-8885 or garylisa@comcast.net.