About Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging

Rev. Beth Long-Higgins is the Executive Director of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, musician, fiber artist, and mother of two adult children.

Recent Blog Posts

Part 3: Successful Retirement Ministry Opportunities

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  November 18, 2021

This is the last of the three-part series about retirement.

Part 2: Expectations and Opportunities

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  November 17, 2021

This is the second of three blogs looking at opportunities for congregations to accompany those who are planning for and in the midst of retirement. The research..

Part 1: Retirement and Congregational Care

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  November 15, 2021

This is the first of three blogs looking at opportunities for congregations to accompany those who are planning for and in the midst of retirement. Much of the research..

Opening Minds (and Connecting Spirits) through Art

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  November 11, 2021

Opening Minds through Art is an evidenced, research-based program. It trains and pairs volunteers with residents living with dementia in order to empower the resident to..

Paradox of Change

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  October 28, 2021

I opened the door to the room which should have been completely dark due to the late hour. Instead, I was struck by bright light coming through the window. I peered..

From Whom All #Blessings Flow

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  September 23, 2021

I recently heard someone celebrating the millions of times people have used the designation of #blessing or #blessed on social media. The conclusion they were making is..

Rooted in Love

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  August 05, 2021

I spent some time with my sister, our mom, and her two cousins recently. We went to visit the town that was home to multiple generations of my mothers’ extended family...

Blossoming Hope: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  June 10, 2021

Since 2006, The World Health Organization has designated June 15 as a day to promote better understanding of the abuse and neglect of older persons. This may seem odd to..

Appreciating Staff and Residents

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  May 27, 2021

May is National Older Americans month and May 21 began National Nursing Home Staff Appreciation week. Fourteen months into living with COVID-19, I think these..