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Beyond bingo: The changing face of older adult ministry

At a time in her life when Joan Hurlock especially needed spiritual and emotional support, she found herself drifting away from her faith community. Hurlock, a member of Carmichael Presbyterian Church near Sacramento, California, had spent years caring for others as a public health nurse and educator. When Paul, her husband of more than 50 years, became chronically ill, she gradually shifted her focus to caring for him at home. Although well prepared for her role as caregiver, Hurlock felt overwhelmed and overburdened. But not wanting to leave her husband alone, she spent less and less time at church.