On completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the major factors that affect the person in the evening of life both as an individual and as a member of a larger world;
  • Employ an expanded vocabulary enabling one to think beyond stereotypes; opening the mind (and hopefully heart) to this new world of aging;
  • Challenge the othering, usually unconscious, that can cut one off from oneself as well as others; and
  • Describe some attributes of a whole-person paradigm for spirituality in the evening of life.

Section 1. Aging in the Big Wide World

  • Demographics
  • Economics
  • Housing
  • Healthcare
  • Media

Section 2. Aging in the Personal, Private World

  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • Multiple Interfaces
  • Communication Challenges
  • Other Challenges

Section 3. Aging and Perception

  • Language Shaping Perception
  • What is Othering
  • Othering in Society
  • Othering in Self-Talk
  • Othering and Stereotypes
  • Challenging the Stereotypes
  • Do you see what I see?

Section 4. Psychologies of Aging – Life Cycle Development Theories

  • Jung
  • The Eriksons
  • Levinson
  • Tornstam
  • Others

Section 5. The Mind in the Evening of Life

  • Changes in Cognition
  • The Aging Brain
  • Psychotherapies
  • Tools for Self-knowledge

Section 6. Living Life Forward; Understanding It Backward (Kierkegaard)

  • Life Review
  • Memoir
  • Autobiography
  • Ancestry

Section 7. Spirituality – Why bother?

  • What the Baltimore Catechism Got Right
  • Health Benefits?
  • Health Detriments?

Section 8. Faith Formation or Faith Exploration?

  • Exploring in two dimensions- horizontal and/or vertical
  • Spiritual? Religious? One? Both? Neither?
  • Organized Religion and Individuals in the Evening of Life

Section 9. Why Survive?

  • Carl Jung and Robert Butler in Dialogue
  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Joan Erikson
  • Others