TM 568 Pastoral Care of the Aged, the Demented and Their Caregivers (Spring: 3)
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
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
John Siberski, S.J., M.D.
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