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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 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

Creative Palettes art class meets on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. in room S220. 

For more specific information on times and locations of other events, 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.

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 at 5:30 p.m. Tai chi class is offered on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. 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.