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Building Hospitable Communities for Aging: Challenge and Opportunities

Date: September 28 to 30, 2016

Location: Saint Paul University, Ottawa

The dramatic shift to becoming an aging society, now under way in many Western societies, affects many aspects of human living. This demographic shift calls into question an array of assumptions and values that underlie our public and economic policies, caregiving and institutional practices, as well as communal and personal life.

You are invited to an international conference designed as a meeting place for scholars, community leaders, students, practitioners, volunteers and interested individuals to share their experience, knowledge and insights on this topic. The conference theme and program flow from two Community Consultations with professionals from a number of organizations who are engaged in practices and policy-making that affect the aging population in a variety of sectors in the surrounding community. Together, we reflected on questions of justice and inclusivity for the aged, their families and their caregivers in areas of health care, spiritual care, housing, education and community services. It is becoming increasingly clear that attending to such questions calls for building hospitable communities in which difference is openly welcomed as opportunities for learning, reflecting and determining appropriate courses of action.

As the title of the conference suggests, we will explore the opportunities and challenges we face in our attempts to build such hospitable communities. The program includes presentations, workshops, panels and open-table discussions on questions related to health care, spiritual care, caregivers, housing, education, medical and community services, as well as spirituality and the meaning we give to aging. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Elizabeth MacKinlay, internationally renowned scholar, author and community activist for issues in aging. She is the founding and now retired Director of the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies (CAPS) at St Mark’s National Theological Centre at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, Australia. CAPS is a multi-disciplinary university centre designed to support research, education and policy development in aging, pastoral studies and related ethical issues. The conference organizers firmly believe that an interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial study of aging can lead to transformed and more inclusive practices. Please join us!

(Keynote Presentation - Free Admission!)
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.:
 What does it mean to be growing older in twenty-first century western society? Challenges and opportunities: Dr. Elizabeth MacKinlay, founding and now retired Director of the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies, St Mark’s National Theological Centre, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia.

To register and pay by credit card, click on the link below. Please note that there is a separate registration fee for pre-conference training workshop as described in the conference program below.

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For more information, please contact Monique Lanoix at mlanoix@ustpaul.ca

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