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During this episode, Shelly opens up about the challenges of losing her husband to Alzheimer’s. Retirement looks a lot different than what Shelly and Ron had imagined. Instead of enjoying time off work and worldwide traveling, Shelly has cared for Ron whose battled dementia for many years. As we talked, Shelly stressed how important it was for her to continue believing in God’s sovereign plan for her life. Often, she reminded herself that she’s on assignment and that taking care of Ron is part of that mission.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it is estimated that 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer’s. Of those who reach the age of 85, nearly one in two will get it. One of our most popular blogs on our website, is “10 Tips for Caring for a Spouse Who Has Become a Child” You can find this blog, by heading to “Blogs” and click on the “Healthcare” category at the top.
As Shelly mentioned, facing the trial of when a spouse becomes a child is not something you want to handle all alone. If you are a husband or wife who doesn’t have a financial advisor or planner, I can’t urge you enough to find one that you can entrust to become involved in your finances. We’d love to grab a cup of coffee or have a quick phone call if you find yourself in this situation. We’d be happy to listen to your needs, and whether we may be a good fit to be your financial stewardship partner.
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Shelly Hamilton Bio
Shelly Hamilton, the daughter of Frank Garlock, married Ron Hamilton aka “Patch the Pirate” in 1975. They have managed Majesty Music and written sacred music for children and adults since they joined the ministry in 1978. Shelly currently ministers at Majesty Music as pianist, composer, arranger, and recording producer. In 2013, their son killed himself after years of struggle with mental health issues. The family’s public struggle and acknowledgement of mental health issues has reached people around the world. Most recently her family faces a new challenge: Ron Hamilton’s early onset of dementia. Her insight and music will encourage anyone facing the challenges of life.
In January 2018 Majesty Music announced their third generation of leadership. After years of waiting for God’s timing, Ron and Shelly transitioned the ministry over to their son-in-law Representative Adam Morgan and his wife, Ron and Shelly’s daughter, Megan.