Author Encourages Older Adults’ Faith Through Blog Radio

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Author Missy Buchanan launches blog radio show to address the spiritual needs of older adults and those who care for them.

Unfortunately, too often, the attitude toward older adults is, out of sight, out of mind.”

Missy Buchanan is a woman on a mission to spread the news that aging is part of God’s plan for the journey of life. In honor of Older Adult Month, Buchanan chose May to launch her new show on BlogTalkRadio, “Aging and Faith with Missy Buchanan.” Her next live show will be Tuesday, May 25th at 3:00 p.m. CST. Buchanan’s program is meant to be a resource for older adults and those who love and care for them.

As a middle-aged adult, Buchanan attributes her passion and mission to her experiences with her parents, who struggled physically in their later years. When they moved to an independent living facility, Buchanan visited her parents for several hours each day to help them with specific needs. Along the way she built relationships with other residents of her parents’ facility.

“All around me,” Buchanan remarks, “I saw a huge need for spiritual nourishment and for families and churches to more fully empathize with the feelings of aging loved ones—both the joys and the challenges. These people were desperate to hear that their lives still mattered—that they still had value. Unfortunately, too often, the attitude toward older adults is, out of sight, out of mind."

Even though her parents passed away at ages 89 and 92, Buchanan still visits older adult friends at several care centers or senior residences each week. She hastens to add that she benefits from these visits. “These seniors have learned to trust me with their deepest concerns and feelings. I gain great insight and inspiration from them.”

Missy Buchanan is the author of three enlarged-print books: Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body, Talking with God in Old Age, and Don’t Write My Obituary Just Yet. All are published by Upper Room Books; the latter will release in April 2011. Buchanan also writes a monthly column, “Aging Well,” for The United Methodist Reporter. In addition to her writing ministry, Buchanan speaks regularly to older adult groups, churches, and women’s groups.

Listeners can tune in to “Aging and Faith with Missy Buchanan” twice monthly, 3:00 p.m. CST, at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missy-buchanan. For more information, visit her Web site: http://www.missybuchanan.com.

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