Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Adult Education & Fellowship, Community, Featured, Uncategorized |

“Challenges of Aging” Workshops

The Cornerstone Initiative is excited to bring you four workshops that delve into issues of great importance to our seniors.  If you are one of our senior members, we invite you to attend – and bring your adult children to hear the message together.  If your parents are seniors, please join us and invite them – or others that you care about and would benefit from these conversations.

Please plan to join us in Room 107B from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., each Tuesday in October.


October 3

“End of Life Decisions” 

Cheryl Smith RN BSN MICU at St. Francis

Deanna Speer, MSN, RN, CHPN, Palliative Care Specialist at Dept of Education & Clinical Practice Services at Via Christi

We are very pleased to be hosting two highly experienced professionals in the medical community to lead this workshop.  Cheryl has both personal and professional experience with end-of-life decisions.  Deanna is currently the palliative care specialist in the Via Christi Hospitals here in Wichita and provides education on the care of patients facing serious or life-threatening illness.  She was named a Health Care Hero by the Wichita Business Journal in 2013.

Cheryl and Deanna are committed to equipping people to begin difficult discussions before someone is sick.  This comment from Cheryl describes the value of attending the workshop:  “I believe that the place to begin conversations educating the public is in community with other people they trust, where they might turn for spiritual support.”


October 10

Estate Planning Essentials 

Lee Sankey, Director of Stewardship Services at the Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation (KAUMF)

KAUMF provides many resources to help guide individuals and families through the very important process of estate planning and arranging for future medical decisions.  That includes a newly developed guide, Planning your Legacy, that explains the basics and a process for getting started.

If your adult children have procrastinated, invite them along!  The guide can also be a useful tool for reviewing your planning.  As life evolves, your estate planning needs to keep up.  Lee will address those areas that may need attention at this stage in your life.


October 17

Conversations that Matter; Honoring the Spiritual Dynamics of Aging 

Pastor Cindy Watson

Conversations about what matters are the most difficult we have with family and friends.  As our bodies change, our culture finds ways to deny or pretend that we are born to die.  Everyone does.  Some, tragically, without a chance to say goodbye.  Some die young, unexpectedly from disease or accident.  Others begin to realize that life is slipping away, and no one wants to talk about life, disease, aging or death.  If we do not talk about these things, then the opportunity to make choices slips away.  Using worksheets from the Conversation Project, this workshop will offer an opportunity to think through the conversations around life, death, illness, suffering and celebrating lives well lived.


October 24

Residential Retirement Options:  A Panel Discussion

Deborah Gdisis, facilitator

During this question-and-answer session, you will hear first-hand, and from experience, what’s involved in moving from your home to a retirement community or assisted-living arrangement.  In addition to our panel members who have made these decisions for themselves, we will have two professionals attending to offer their insights:  Brian Stemple, Nextphase Senior Solutions, helps individuals identify the best accommodations for their particular situation.  Phil Davis, The Best Home Guys, works extensively in helping people make home modifications to “age in place.”