Bev Jordan Dural resident Dana Gruben has just launched a book with former Hills aged-care chaplain Ben Boland called Jesus Loves Me. The book is one of a series of Biblical resources for people living with dementia launched by HammondCare Media in association with Bible Society Australia at St Andrew’s Cathedral on March 20.
The collection of Faith for life resources include A4 and A5 cards, devotional books and spiral-bound desktop resources including devotions, prayers and lines from familiar hymns. HammondCare’s Head of Pastoral Care, Rev Andrew Nixon, said he was astounded by the quality and practicality of the pastoral aid – the first of its kind in Australia. As well as Jesus Loves Me, the series includes resources compiled by Linda Barclay and Rebecca Forbes who both work with HammondCare.
They were developed in consultation with families, carers and people living with dementia. Dana Gruben, a member of St Jude’s Anglican Church at Dural, and Ben Bolan worked in aged care chaplaincy together in the Hills where they developed a Christian Spiritual Reminiscence Program. They then spent almost three years developing the book aimed at helping people with dementia connect with their faith. Ms Gruben said: “During my time in aged care chaplaincy I sat alongside people and saw their need.”
Mr Bolan said: “Our emphasis is to share with those who have never known Christ.”
Rev Nixon said: “It is long overdue to have a Bible-based resource to help people living with dementia to grow and be encouraged in their spiritual life.” From a spiritual perspective, the resources can be used by anyone, regardless of Bible knowledge or faith experience, and caters for people at various stages of their spiritual journey.
For more details of the Faith for life resources visit http://www.hammond.com.au/shop/faith-for-life