With Jane Kuepfer, RP, PhD, MDiv, Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging with the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and Conrad Grebel University College.
Kuepfer is a spiritual director, an ordained minister, a registered psychotherapist, and serves as a spiritual care provider in a retirement home, alongside her teaching and research roles.
Within 10 years it is expected that more than a million Canadians will be living with dementia. The reality and prospect of cognitive change affects our family members, friends, neighbours, and potentially ourselves, as we look toward the years ahead. How does dementia intersect with spirituality, with faith? In this course we will explore dementia as both a theological and spiritual challenge and opportunity, touching on topics such as fear/stigma, the meaning of personhood, the role of spiritual practice, friendship, belonging, and faith communities as well as spiritual preparation for cognitive change.