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TWO further FiOP events at St Mungo Centre and Zen Gardens, Glasgow: OUTSIDE WORLD -  Wednesday 26 October & MUSIC - Tuesday 13 December. BOOKABLE NOW!

MARIE CURIE event: Challenging Inequities in Palliative Care on Thursday 15 September 2016.  A booking form is now live on the eventbrite website - http://www.eventbrite.com/e/challenging-inequities-in-palliative-care-tickets-26918728642.

SILVER SUNDAY will take place on Sunday 2nd October Last year over 570 free events and activities took place across the UK. Events were organised by local organisations, businesses and community groups who donated their time and resources to make it a memorable day for all those involved. Contact ecaley@westminster.gov.uk for a form.

YOUNG DEMENTIA UK - Young Onset Dementia: Different impact, positive solutions.  Birmingham Botanical Gardens 27 September 2016.  For further events details and to book online for this important event, click here

SAVE THE DATE - 7th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality :“Transition and Transcendence: Transforming Aging Through Spirituality”.  Hosted by Concordia University Chicago’s, Center for Gerontology. June 4 – 7, 2017 in River Forest, IL at Concordia University Chicago

RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW - FAITH IN OLDER PEOPLE AND METHODIST HOMES JOINT CONFERENCE: CULTURAL DIVERSITY, FAITH AND DEMENTIA - Wednesday 23 November 2016 - Roxburghe Hotel, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.
  A critical examination of the place of religious faith in supporting the well-being of people with dementia.  This UK wide conference provides the opportunity to consider th eissues around ageing, cultures and faith from different religious and non-faith based perspectives.  We want to consider how our faith communities adapt to an ageing society and focus on the inclusion of older people.  Click on "Book Your Event" on the menu bar above to reserve your place.

Developing Worship Services With People who have Dementia Workshop with Rev Gaynor Hammond. Saturday 24 September 2016. 10am – 1pm. £10 if you book by 1 Aug – £12 if you book by 20 Sept – £15 on the door. Funded places available to participants in the early stages of dementia and anyone caring for someone with dementia.Contact An at office@wellspringtherapy.co.uk or on 01423 881881

The updated 3rd edition of good practice guidance on “Decisions relating to CPR” from the BMA, RCN and RC(UK) has been published and is available from the following link
https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/ethics/ethics-a-to-z/decisions-relating-to-cpr

Following our joint Conference with SPPC on 7 June 2016 - SPIRITUALITY AND PALLIATIVE CARE, please choose from below to review the presentations of our lead speakers:

Tim Warren: Faith in Older People and Palliative Care

Sheila Mitchell: Imagining the Future

Elaine Maclean: Person-centred care

Shaun Maher: Person-centred policy landscape in Scotland

Donald Macaskill: A touching place

 

Read our latest blog on Compassion and Empathy: I recently had the opportunity to lead a discussion during the Festival of Empathy on ‘compassion and empathy’ with a focus on older people in our different faith communities..... visit our blogsite via www.fiop.org.uk

To read FIOP's March 2016 Newsletter click HERE

Who we are

Faith in Older People (FiOP) is a Scottish National Charity based in Edinburgh.  Its focus is on ’spirituality and ageing’.  We define spirituality as ‘that which gives meaning and purpose to our lives’

Research and practical action has evidenced that the spiritual dimension is of great importance as we age.  This is a time when we come to terms with issues that matter towards the end of our lives. It guides the achievement of person-centred care by understanding the inner person and their values, and to take this as the starting point for caring practice.

What we do

Mission

Enabling a better understanding of the importance of the spiritual dimension to the well-being of older people

Our Aims

  • to educate, encourage and support volunteers, health and social care workers, members of faith communities and other agencies to increase their understanding of spiritual care and issues around ageing.

  • to deliver events, courses and materials to meet identified need.

  • to continue to build the capacity and efficiency of the organisation.

Spirituality

The concept of spirituality is difficult to understand although there is an increasing acknowledgement that it plays an important part in our lives.  There are two approaches to the definition of spirituality; both acknowledge a search for meaning.  For some people a divine presence is central; for others spirituality is a secular concept involving inner life and personal belief.

Five ways of thinking about spirituality as:

  • part of a religious belief
  • a secular concept
  • a metaphor for absence
  • a search for meaning with or without God
  • the deepest values and meanings by which people seek to live

For a fuller explanation please go to the publication ‘Insights’ – spirituality and ageing:  implications for the care and support of older people’ published by IRISS, written by Dr. Harriet Mowat and Maureen O’Neill