TM 568 Pastoral Care of the Aged, the Demented and Their Caregivers (Spring: 3)

Offered Periodically
The course will include lectures, seminar readings and discussion, several short reflection papers (all participants) and a 15-20 page research paper (credit only) on a mutually agreed upon topic. School of Theology and Ministry course
With the increasing population of aged there is a critical need for priests, chaplains, and others with knowledge of the complex bio-psychosocial, spiritual and pastoral needs of the elderly and those who care for them. The course will begin with a survey of the biological and psychological changes of normal aging and the more common forms of pathology of aging, particularly the dementing illnesses. Other topics will include scriptural and theological dimensions of aging, separation, grief and loss, and ethical dimensions of aging.
John Siberski, S.J., M.D.

Last Updated: 29-AUG-12