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Gerontology

A gerontologist is a trained professional in the field of aging. Within this church, it's the call to blend and address the care and nurture of members and their families throughout the aging process in the context of faith and spirituality. Whether you’re looking for information for you, a parent, a grandparent, or another loved one, Dee Wadsworth, our staff gerontologist, may be the impartial resource you need.

For a list of topics that our staff gerontologist discusses confidentially with members and families, click here.

To contact Dee Wadsworth, email her at dwadsworth@phpc.org or call her at 214-368-6348, ext. 118.

Click here for a pre-screened list of "Websites for Aging Issues" addressing a wide variety of aging issues.


Our approach to gerontology is threefold:

  • social connectedness 
  • educational opportunities and spiritual wellbeing
  • physical, mental, and emotional wellness

Social Connectedness

Wonderful Wednesday activities include: the Creative Palettes art class, lunch, and bridge, in addition to outings to concerts, plays, musicals, dinner, and other social events.

For more specific information on times and locations, please visit our calendar or the Weekly Activities page.

Educational Opportunities and Spiritual Wellbeing
A wide variety of special events and classes are offered at PHPC, such as the following:

  • special spiritual emphasis during Lent and Advent
  • speaker events
  • retreats
  • prayer ministry
  • faith studies
  • missions and outreach opportunities.

Our ongoing monthly Sunday education class, Coffee and Conversation, meets on the second Sunday of every month at 9:30. This class tackles topics such as housing transitions, referrals to community services, active wellness, travel, and spiritual adventures.

Other short-term Sunday education opportunities educate and offer suggestions for managing changes along lifespans. Past topics include "You and Your Aging Self, Spouse, Sibling, Parents..." and "The Journeys of Life: On the Road Age 19 to 95".

For more information about upcoming Sunday education opportunities, please visit our Sunday Education page.

Physical, Mental, and Emotional Wellness
Several events regularly occur year-round. Yoga classes are held every Monday night. Two tai chi classes are offered on Thursdays. For more information about specific times, please visit our Wellness page or Events page.

Special events such as health speakers, flu shot clinics, and cognitive research project involvement occur periodically. Opportunities to learn about care options, alternate housing choices, resource information about transitions and active lifestyles, and promoting caregiver support are also offered throughout the year. For more information on specific opportunities, please check our Events page.