“Can ageing be a period of spiritual growth and discovery? Is it possible to view ageing as a positive period in life, rather than a period of decline?”
These are questions that will take centre stage at a conference on Wed, 13 Nov, 2013 at St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham, to be chaired by its “Spiritual Care Lead, ” Rev Dr Andrew Goodhead.
“This day will consider how spirituality in later years can be helpful in the process of ageing and ask if a spiritual outlook on the end of life enables the processes to be faced openly and accepted.
The day will consider: whether ageing can be a period of positive change spiritually; whether ageing is seen by the young as a failure, when it offers significant opportunity for growth; what can those who work in end of life care do to enable spiritual development in the last years of life; and what resources are available to help.”
Prof Sheila Payne, Director of the International Observatory on End of Life Care; President, EAPC
Min Stacpoole, Research Nurse, End of life Care for people with dementia, St Christopher’s Hospice
Tamsin Dives, Music Therapist, St Christopher’s Hospice
Julie Kinley, Research Nurse, St Christopher’s Hospice
Jo Hockley, Nurse Consultant, St Christopher’s Hospice
· Resilience in older life – personal reflections
· What is ageing?
· Is there a spirituality of ageing?
· Namaste project
· Arts in care homes
· Spirituality in care homes
· The changing face of care homes
· Creativity in older life
· Carers: a home or a prison?
Who should attend
· Chaplains and pastoral care workers
· Arts therapists
· Care Homes staff
· Social Workers and bereavement professionals
· Palliative care clinicians