Older Adults Ministry


Older Adults Ministry

Lunch & Learn Speaker Series

January 17 - “Home Safety”  with Lis Crawford
Lis is an Occupational Therapist with 39 years of experience in various fields of Occupational Therapy. Currently, she teaches exercise classes for people with Parkinson’s Disease through the Houston Area Parkinson’s Society. She is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and loves to offer evaluation and consultation to help those who are aging so that they may remain safely in their own homes.

February 21 - “Retirement Transition” with Michelle Watkins
Michelle is Marketing Director, Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor. Having worked in both Real Estate and Retirement Living across the Southwest United States for over 20 years, Michelle has a well-rounded perspective when it comes to living options available for today’s Modern Senior. She enjoys sharing the insights she has gained to help those looking to develop a plan for the next chapter of their lives. Her presentation will be similar to one she has done for Rice University retired faculty.

March 21st - “Museum of Fine Arts Houston Tour” with Gretta Boshara
Gretta will be our guide for a one hour tour, “When You Ask a Painting a Question What is the Answer?”, followed by lunch at the museum for those that would like to stay. For the past twelve years Gretta has been leading adult members and visitors on tours of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, introducing them to its special exhibitions and reviewing its permanent collections. She has degrees in English Literature/Art History and in Architecture. There will be no charge for the tour.

April - Break for Holy Week

May - Aging In Space" with architects Gail and Joe Adams
“Aging In Space,” addresses the more spiritual aspects of aging, celebrating quality-of-life issues through a new architecture for a different age.

June 20 - “Growing While Growing Older” with Arlene Price and The Rev’d John Price
Transition to the next stage of life is a gradual process, a growing awareness of why we do things. We look at what needs to be integrated and what needs to be thrown away. Here we begin to switch from the Outer Journey of the 1st half of life to the Inner Journey. Mark Twain said, “Are you asking the question, ‘Is there something left for me to do’”? His answer: “Are you still alive?”

As an English major, Arlene has taught in public and private schools. Believing that there is a correlation between healing and art, she has volunteered at St Luke’s in the Medical Center with their Art Cart Program for the last 15 years.

The Rev. John W. Price has been ordained since 1964 serving parishes in San Antonio, Austin, and Spring. Since moving to Houston, he served on the Chaplain Staff at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital from 1996-’04. He is the author of Revealing Heaven: the Christian Case for Near-Death Experiences, Harper Collins, 2013.

Helpful Websites

Federal, State, County, & Local Governmental Agencies

Local Agencies

Assessment Centers

Eldercare Legal and Financial Issues

For Consumers and Caregivers

Health and Wellness

Health Insurance Glossary

End of Life Issues

Normal Aging and Dementia

Meals on Wheels

Free Senior Housing Placement Services in the Houston Area

Alternative Transportation - When Driving Becomes Too Difficult

Useful Charts and Graphs

Assistive Care Products

Local Support Groups

Websites by Disease or Disability

When Living Independently is No Longer an Option - Knowing the Types of Living Arrangements Available


Healthy Aging

Aging and Spirituality

For Caregivers

End of Life

General Reading


*Disclaimer: This list of links and selected readings is for information only.   Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church neither endorses nor takes any responsibility for the accuracy or contents therein.