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BEST WISHES for 2017 from everyone at Faith in Older People

READ Norman Craig's article following his attendance at our annual Malcolm Goldsmith Lecture 2016 -

NOW available for download - our Annual Report 2015/2016 and October 2016 newsletter

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

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

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

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


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.


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