LET’S TALK ABOUT OLDER ADULTS (55+/-)Date: Monday, August 25- Tuesday, August 26 Time: Monday 9:30 a.m.- Tuesday 3:00 p.m. Cost: $75/person earlybird until July 15. $95/person regular fee after July 15. (includes catered breaks and meals) Location: Carey Centre * Quiet, clean, onsite accommodations available for an additional fee. More information HERE. If booking accommodations at Carey for this event, please let Reception know that you are booking for Week 3. REGISTER
Churches and communities are experiencing an unprecedented ministry challenge and opportunity over the next 25-40 years in responding to an aging population. There needs to be a more cooperative and informed approach to discerning, planning and resourcing local church ministries to serve the varied needs of older adults and their families. This summer symposium aims to bring together participants for consultation and mutual encouragement through plenary input sessions, guided discussion, resourcing workshops and other network building activities. The topics and issues addressed will be helpful for either those currently involved or those interested in developing new and connecting ministries with older adults. Pastors, church leaders, health/social care professionals and anyone interested in learning about and making a contribution to this emerging missional challenge and opportunity are encouraged to attend.
* We are encouraging you and others from your church to plan to join us for a time of networking, consultation and vision formation, as we respond to this emerging ministry/mission challenge and opportunity. Watch here for more information over the coming weeks.
Dr. Paul Pearce, Dr. Paul Stevens, and Rev. Fay Puddicombe
How do you find vision and mission for our retirement years? During this session we will look at ways to evaluate where we are, the numerous areas of life to consider when retiring and how to find that ‘spark’ that makes this new phase of life exciting and meaningful. How can you use the skills and experience you gathered in your working career to have an impact now? Through discussion and some fun exercises, we will together explore the opportunities.
Successful Aging: Strategies for Healthy Living
In recent years the value of prevention strategies in preserving health has become more obvious. How does one take care of an aging brain? What can be done to prevent dementia? What are guidelines for optimal physical activity for older adults? What is the best diet for a healthy lifestyle? How can I improve my sleep quality? We will review current scientific literature in order to inform our recommendations for healthy living strategies. It’s never too late and not too early to get healthy!
Facilitator: Joy Liao (MD, MPH, FRCPC) is a Staff Geriatrician at Providence Health Care and a Clinical Instructor with the Division of Geriatric Medicine at UBC. She is a member of First Baptist Church, Vancouver.
Balancing Doing with Being: the heart of vocation (avocation) in later life
The latter years of life represent a time of less doing and more being. However, most of us have constructed meaning out of doing and need to discover how to also construct meaning in being. The Workshop will explore ways of finding meaning in being as well as doing.
“My object in living is to unite my avocation and my vocation”-Robert
Facilitators: Janet Fisher is an Educator, Seminar Leader, Retired Hospital Chaplain and Poet
and Gerry Fisher is a Pastor, Educator, Administrator and Academic.
Breaking the Pattern of Isolation in Aging
We live in a society where those who are aging are increasingly isolated while the gifts of aging are not valued or honoured. This interactive workshop will explore the problem of isolation and how we can recover a vision for aging that is community oriented and that receives the gifts of elders.
Beginning with individual, biblical and cultural stories of older adults finding and holding community in their later years, together we will imagine and share creative ideas for breaking the pattern of isolation that we see and experience in aging.
Facilitators: Wendy and John Hardy and Joy Banks
Wendy and John Hardy are both retired, John from Pastoral ministry (40 years) and Wendy from child rearing (4 married sons), ESL teaching and multiple church related activities. They presently are involved in 3 primary communities: Family (intentional community with 2 sons and 5 grandchildren + 2 daughters-in-law living in a home in South Surrey), Rivendell Hosting community and South Point Church. The Hardys are looking forward to sharing their experiences as well as gaining from the experiences and stories of others in this workshop.
Joy Banks is a pastor at Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, a multi-age, multi-cultural community church in East Vancouver. Having lived in an intentional community house of hospitality for 12 years and worked for 11 years as a community chaplain before pastoring, she is passionate about nurturing community in this age of increasing isolation and individualism.
Draft Schedule:Monday 9:30 start (coffee available upon arrival) 10:00 Plenary Session with Dr, Paul Pearce 11:15 Group work 12:15 lunch 1:30-2:30 workshops x 6 2:30 break 2:45-3:45 workshops x 6 5:30-6:30 BBQ 7:00 Public Lecture with Dr. Paul Stevens Tuesday 9:00 Plenary Session with Rev. Fay Puddicombe 10:30 coffee break 10:45 Group work 12:00 Lunch 1:15-2:15 Group Discussion “Where to?” 2:15 Break 2:30-3:30 Final Discussion & Wrap up