2009 International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality (SCAS2009)

Venue: School of Business, University of Auckland

Location: Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Event Date/Time: Aug 30, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 02, 2009
Registration Date: Aug 20, 2009
Early Registration Date: May 31, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 31, 2009
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Journey to Auckland, New Zealand, for a Voyage into Faith-based Aging and Care. Evidence-based models of medical care have paved the way for people to live much longer, healthier, physical lives. But has the quality of spiritual guidance and care offered to older people kept pace? Are older people’s spiritual needs being adequately met in healthcare and social systems around the world?

The 2009 International Conference on Aging and Spirituality will bring together researchers, aged care practitioners, and anyone with an interest in helping older people find deepest meaning and fulfillment in life.

The issues of aging and spirituality will be discussed against the backdrop of gender, culture, and new models of care. This conference will consider the positive possibilities of aging well, and flourishing, despite difficulties.

Conference Themes:
• Advocacy, Policy formation and influencing political thinking
• ‘Baby Boomers’: Spiritual models of care and lifestyle for the free-thinking, wealthier, independent generation
• Indigenous issues and cultural experiences: real life case studies on aging and spirituality in non-Western societies
• Holistic ‘whole person’ care in an age where science is king
• End of life issues: touchstones and challenges
• Pastoral care and ministry in aging communities
• Funding and spiritual models of care: is the recognition there?
Recommended for:

• Health professionals working with older people
• of diverse cultures and faiths
• in indigenous cultural environments
• Clergy, chaplains, theologians, spiritual or faith leaders
• Pastoral care givers
• Diversional therapists
• Aged care leaders, administrators and directors of listed and non-listed aged care organisations
• Researchers in aging, spirituality, and new models of aged care
• Aged care policy makers and funders
• Political leaders
• Media with interests in aged care, social or health policy, or matters of faith
• Older people with interests in this area


Grafton Rd., Auckland City
New Zealand

Additional Information

Key dates: (subject to minor changes) • 06/08 Initial call for Abstracts • 10/08 Registration commences • 03/09 Call for Abstracts closes • 04/09 Paper reviews completed • 06/09 Speakers and Conference programme confirmed and published • 30/8/09—2/9/09 Conference Registration information is at www.selwyncare.org.nz/scas