This program area promotes research and education in the field of spirituality that will benefit the lives of current and incoming residents and staff in retirement and long-term care. The goal is to provide spiritual care programs that will support the diverse needs of the growing aging population.
- Providing education to professionals and the general public about various elements of spiritual care for seniors.
- Identifying and implementing spiritual practices that may assist in older adults’ transition into continuing care facilities.
- Compiling a user-friendly, multi-faith manual of spiritual practices, prayers, sacred texts and rituals.
- Delivering seminars for professionals and the general public to educate about “Spiritual Care for Seniors”.
- Exploring the relationship between belonging to a group and how it may affect health.
- Understanding the impact of “forgiveness” on psychological (e.g. stress, anger, etc.) and physical (e.g. medication usage, blood pressure, etc.) health.
- Using the labyrinth to enhance spiritual care programs in retirement and long-term care.
- Investigating the role of reminiscence on overall health and well-being.
- Exploring the use of music in spiritual care for older adults.
- Understand how older adults experience their spirituality when transitioning to retirement or long-term care.
Jane Kuepfer, Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging, Conrad Grebel University College