"With Clear Eyes & Hopeful Hearts"



September 12: Parenting Your Parents and Family Dynamics
Dr. Harold Hedges will guide our discussion on shifting family dynamics in a conversation designed for grandparents, parents, sons and daughters.

September 19: Why Might I Need an Elder Attorney
Ashley Stepps (with Arkansas Elder Law) specializes in areas of law that involve representing, counseling, and assisting seniors, people with disabilities, and their families. She will discuss a variety of legal issues, from estate planning to long-term care issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life. Bring your family; bring your questions.  This is a good time to get information about why you might need an Elder Attorney and how the process might work for you.

 September 26: Dementia Awareness
Carolyn Torrence, Program Director of Alzheimer’s Arkansas, will give an overview of an often misunderstood condition, its symptoms, and how dementia can affect the brain in different ways.



October 3: Caring for the Caregiver
Carolyn Torrence, Program Director of Alzheimer’s Arkansas will lead a discussion about the wellbeing of caregivers, the costs of caregiving, and tips for caregivers to provide themselves with the care necessary to care for their loved ones.

October 10: Advanced Care Planning: Why Do I Need a Medical Directive?
Dr. Brian Bell will review Advance Directive documents and a brief review of the new Arkansas law, POLST (Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment) for those diagnosed with a serious, life-limiting illness. Trinity will provide those who attend the workshop with tools to help you follow through with your own plan.

October 17: “Happy Hour” Funeral Planning
Planning ahead for your funeral can be a great gift to your loved ones, but many of us never get around to it.  In a format inspired by the Rev. Mary Vano, we are putting the “fun” in “funeral” in this opportunity to think about your own resurrection worship and celebration.  Join our very own Dean Keller and Victoria Harden for the discussion.  Resources will be provided, and snacks and adult beverages will be served.

October 24: Preparing to Write a Will That Reflects Your Values
Do you need a Will or Trust?  It is a loving and responsible act for the sake of your family, but Estate Planning also allows you to determine where your “stuff” goes.  It allows you, while you are still living, to ensure that your property will go to the people you want, in the way you want, and when you want. Ashley Stepps, from Arkansas Elder Law, will provide guidance and answer questions, and resources will be provided to help you construct a plan.

October 31: NO CLASS



November 7: Downsizing and Decluttering
Are you thinking about moving to a smaller home or simply want to declutter your life? Our own Jean Harper and Pat Atwood will share their expertise and offer us guidance as we think through this transition.


November 14: Palliative and Hospice Care
What is palliative and hospice care?  How are they different? How are they the same? How do they work?  How much do they cost? What do I need to know to make good decisions?   What support resources are available? What are the signs of dying?  How do I interact with the person who is approaching death?  As a caregiver, how do I deal with my fear of watching my loved one die?Bring ALL your questions.  Dr. Masil George is eager to share her specialty and demystify this type of care.



Outside of Wednesday evenings this fall, there are several opportunities at Trinity and the greater Little Rock community. Check out the full schedule below, please note location changes!


Thursday, August 16: Family Caregiver Workshop
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Free, light lunch provided.
Location: Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church
An overview of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving tips that maintain respect, dignity, and quality of life for the person living with dementia.Call 501-978-0510 or email bvillines@phumc.com to pre-register by August 13.

Sunday, August 19: “What Happens When We Die?”
10:15 a.m. 
Location: Morrison Hall, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
The Very Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller, III will consider answers from Scripture and the classical theological tradition for questions about what happens after death.

Sunday, August 26: “What’s Age Got To Do With It?”
10:15 a.m. 
Location: Morrison Hall, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Professor Rosalie V. Otters from the UALR Gerontology Program/School of Social Work will discuss how the demographics of aging affect our culture, our institutions, and our understanding of ourselves. 



Saturday, September 8: Barbara Crafton Workshop
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church of Little Rock 
Barbara will share wisdom about the end of life and beyond from her acclaimed books, “The Courage to Grow Old” and “The AlsoLife”. Admission free, but registration required. Click here to register. 

Saturday, September 15: Senior Expo (sponsored by UAMS)
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m . 
Location: Statehouse Convention Center, Governor’s Halls 3-4  
All seniors and baby boomers 55+ years are invited to come along with their family and caregivers to gain information on health care, wellness, and products and services related to these issues. Free event, including health screenings, cash/credit accepted for merchandise and concessions.

Saturday, September 22: Formation with Older Adults: Embracing Aging Brings Vitality to our Congregations
Location: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 1000 N. Mississippi   
A session during the Bishop's Day of Formation seeks to name and claim the various stages within the umbrella of “older adulthood.” Looking at the characteristics of these various stages, will open the door to new possibilities when it comes to formation and spiritual growth. We will explore concrete ways to embrace ministry with older adults. Location and time slot TBD

Thursday, September 27: Ministry with Older Adults Workshop with Dorothy Linthicum
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  
Location: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Morrison Hall    
Click here to learn more.