New Ministry Now Available for Spouses Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

Cleveland, Ohio: A new Bible study uses scripture and personal stories of caregiving to educate churches and provide support to those who provide the majority of care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease – spouses (Daley et al., 2017).  Sanctuary in the Midst of Alzheimer’s: A Ministry for Husbands and Wives Caring for a Spouse with Dementia is the only Bible study that creates a ministry specifically designed for spouses and the churches that serve them.

  • It is projected that the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will more than double by 2050 to 14 million. (
  • Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease
  • Older African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia as older whites
  • Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites.
  • Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.

– The Alzheimer’s Association

Because of the spiritual and intimate relationship of marriage, spousal caregivers have a unique set of challenges, and many are turning to their church for help. Churches want to offer support but often don’t know how. Sanctuary in the Midst of Alzheimer’s provides this support for spouses while educating congregation members who want to minister to this growing population.

Sanctuary in the Midst of Alzheimer’s is recommended reading for any spouse entering or navigating the sad and confusing world of Alzheimer’s and dementia. The scripture and personal stories provide uplifting and sound guidance, allowing spouses to grieve and cope as they watch their loved one slowly disappear. It offered support and encouragement on every page, bringing us comfort as we encountered each new phase.”

– Polly Sue Poppy, Family Caregiver

Become a resource in your community by building a congregation that is informed and inspired to walk with the men and women called to care for a spouse with dementia. For information on this important and much-needed ministry, check out

Author Elizabeth Shulman began her ministry in the United Methodist Church and obtained a Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. A spousal caregiver for 8 years, she now trains churches of all denominations to become more comfortable and confident in ministering to families impacted by dementia. Find out more about her at her website:


Elizabeth Shulman, D.Min.
Author, Sanctuary in the Midst of Alzheimer’s