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A Conference on Spirituality and Aging: Save the Date

Living the Journey: Spirituality for the Second Half of Life

 On Saturday, April 10, 2010, Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts will be hosting a conference entitled, “Living the Journey: Spirituality for the Second Half of Life,” from 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM.  Save the date and attend if you can.

 For detailed information and registration click on: http://bc.edu/alumni/association/spirituality/livingthejourney/home.html

 The conference, focused on life after 40, will include experts from the fields of theology, ministry, and health, sharing how the challenges of growing older are being re-defined by faith and service.

 Participants will learn of surprising new discoveries that link mental health and emotional well-being to faith and community.

 Conference presenters will identify and examine the different spiritual and psychological challenges that women and men encounter as they move into the second half of life and the unique resources that faith offers to make this a time of deep purpose.

WHY A SPIRITUAL CONFERENCE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE?

 A “senior boom” is happening in America, and it is getting bigger by the day.  In the not-too-distant future 20 percent of the U.S. population will be over the age of 65.  The U.S. Census Bureau notes that the first members of the baby boom generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) turned 60 in 2006.  The baby boomer group comprises nearly 79 million Americans, representing 29 percent of the population and the vast majority of the work force.

 Until recently, most of the attention paid to aging has centered on retirement options, pension plans, and health care challenges.  There has been very little focus on the spiritual challenges and opportunities of aging.  Recently, however, signs have emerged of a growing trend to broaden and deepen the way we look at aging.  This broadening includes an interest in the spiritual dimension.

 Because our culture often focuses on youth and stereotypes aging as something to be avoided, new language, imagery, and stories are needed to help boomers and the general public re-envision the value, spiritual meaning, and purpose of one’s mid-to-later years.

Posted in agingreligionspirituality on 5 February 2010
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