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The Rev. Leo Fong does martial arts workouts every day.  Video image by Reed Galin.

UMTV: Kung Fu Grandmaster Pastor

Once a star of martial arts movies, 86-year-old Leo Fong still spars with people half his age and teaches 7 fitness classes a week. View

United Methodist Louise Baird Short, wife of minster Roy Short, has attended every General Conference since 1939. Photo by Samuel M. Simpkins, courtesy of the Tennessean.

109-year-old United Methodist lives life fully

The oldest living widow of a bishop, Louise Baird Short visited the Great Wall of China at 95 and has attended every General Conference since 1939. Read More

Ernestine Shepherd runs 10 miles a day. Video image by Barry Simmons.

World Record Female Bodybuilder: Ernestine Shepherd

Ernestine Shepherd is over 75, runs 10 miles a day, and credits workouts and her United Methodist faith for turning her grief into joy. View

Sargis Hejejyan (left) and Sveta Yegiazaryan enjoy their elder years together at an UMCOR-supported home for the aged near the Armenian capital. Photo by Anahit Gasparyan, UMCOR.

Celebrating age in Armenia: A love story

After suffering devastating losses, Sargis Hejejyan and Sveta Yegiazaryan met and married in an Armenian home for seniors. Find out how UMCOR supports these facilities. Read More

Six stress management tips for seniors

Retirement may be a time to relax and enjoy life but it can also bring new concerns. Find ways to “let go.” Read More

(From left) Ed Schellhaas, Gary Brand, Clancy Biegler, and Charles Barker, all members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio, traveled to Washington as part of Honor Flight. Biegler was among the veterans on the flight; Brands, Schellhaas and Barker traveled as guardians. Photo by Jeff Fisher.

Ministries make sure older adults feel valued

‘The face-to-face contact is most important.’ Advice for church ministries that reach out to members who can no longer participate regularly. Read More

Jack Burke works on a metal piece that will become part of a Personal Energy Transportation (PET) vehicle. Photo courtesy Jack Burke.

God isn’t finished with us yet!

Many people serve long after retiring from a business career. Barbara Bruce shares ideas about the many opportunities for assisting God's people in need. Read More

Three generations of hands; grandmother, mother and daughter. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Help me, please; I’m a caregiver

Nell Noonan cared for her husband for 7 years before finally accepting help. She shares ways individuals and churches can provide support for unpaid caregivers. Read More

Caring church eases difficult journey

As she copes with the challenges of her husband's dementia, Maggie Hillery expresses gratitude for the support she has found through United Methodist ministries. Read More

Faith and Aging: A Spiritual Pilgrimage

Book on growing older strikes chord with boomer generation: “It deals with spiritual growth, which is sometimes neglected by other books on aging." Read More

Find yourself a Maya

Glennon Melton, remembering poet Maya Angelou and her relationship with television host Oprah Winfrey, says, “Every woman needs an older, wiser friend.” Read More

Conference withdraws clergy age guidelines

Texas Conference considered encouraging those older than 45 not to seek ordination but dropped proposal after clergy reaction. Read More

Social Principles: The Social Community

We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God's sight. We reject discrimination and assert the rights of minority groups to equal opportunities. ' } Read More

Mental health: Activity benefits aging

"As a church," says successful-aging leader Barbara Bruce, "we must not let our older members languish and become stagnant." Read More

Members of the “Sittercize for the Saints” group at Killearn United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Fla., exercise in the Asbury ministry building.

Steps for vital older adult ministry

United Methodists observe Older Adult Recognition Day in May, but churches can reach out to older members all year long. Read More

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