Diana Walters, PhD, earned her degree at Oxford Graduate School. Her studies emphasized religious issues among the elderly, culminating in her pioneering study of the use of multi-sensory materials to enhance receptivity of Alzheimer's patients to a ministry experience. This adaptation of Montessori methods to the special needs of persons with dementia was tested by rigorous empirical research and has been published in a refereed journal. She has presented at the Crystal Cathedral and at a national conference in Australia. She continues to work directly with the senior population, serving as Director of the Vineyard, the assisted living community at Summit View, a residential complex for independent and assisted living in Chattanooga, TN. This both fulfills her strong love of interaction with people and provides opportunity for continuing observation of how the lives of people in such circumstances can be enriched. She is actively involved in equipping volunteers and professionals to serve better the needs of persons whose abilities have been blunted by physiological conditions.
Rich Walters, PhD, describes himself as number one cheerleader and support person for Diana's ministry in the field of applied gerontology. After a long career as a licensed psychologist in a variety of Christian clinical contexts, followed by teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, he is now Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Oxford Graduate School, Dayton, TN. He continues his love for writing on subjects related to living the authentic Christian life in a broken world. These books are available elsewhere on this website (click the "Bookstore" button).
The Walters team up to conduct workshops on prayer, using approaches that show how busy people can more consistently fulfill Biblical commands to pray often and with the right attitudes.
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