9 April, 8pm
At MacKillop House Conference Centre,
Archibald Street, Lyneham
As more people are currently
living longer in western societies,
more people have the privilege
and challenge of discovering
what later life is for.
It seems that new
possibilities of ageing are opening up,
to provide not just for the
continuing of a mid-life persona,
but to develop new ways of
being in the later years.
The final years of life can be
about resilience and flourishing,
while acknowledging and facing
the struggles of diminishments.
A major focus of this journey
into ageing is about finding meaning in life.
This talk addresses a
developmental approach to ageing,
with an underlying assumption
that psychosocial and spiritual growth continue into later life, potentially
to the point of death.
The works of Erikson and
Frankl are drawn upon
and Elizabeth's model of
spiritual tasks and process of ageing
described and applied in
examining ageing and spirituality.
Prof Elizabeth MacKinlay AM is a
a priest in the Anglican
and the Director of the Centre
for Ageing and Pastoral Studies at St Mark's National Theological Centre,
She is a Professor in the
School of Theology, Charles Sturt University.
Recently completed research
includes an Australian Research Council project: “Finding meaning in the
experience of dementia:
The place of spiritual
Elizabeth was Chair of the ACT
Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing,
her term ending in 2008.
Elizabeth was the ACT Senior
Australian of the Year for 2009.
An active researcher and writer, Elizabeth has
presented many papers and workshops, including keynote addresses both
nationally and internationally. One of her recent books, "Spiritual
growth and care in the fourth age of life" was winner of the 2006
Australasian Journal on Ageing (AJA) Book Award.
Elizabeth is the editor of the new book based on
CAPS 2006 conference:
"Ageing, Disability & Spirituality:
Addressing the challenge of disability in later
published in 2008.