This subject investigates challenges in providing effective pastoral and spiritual care to older persons affected by mental health problems, including dementia. It examines mental health concerns relating to ageing and explores appropriate pastoral and spiritual care strategies to promote well-being and maximise quality of life for older people. Issues associated with understanding and dealing with dementia are integral to the subject. Questions relating to faith, spirituality and meaning provoked by mental health challenges in later life are explored. Professional and ethical standards for working with older people living with mental health difficulties and appropriate referral processes are also addressed.
School of Theology
Master of Ageing and Pastoral Studies
Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies
Assumed knowledge for this subject includes the core subjects for the Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies: THL445, THL446, THL451, GER402 and WEL424.
THL464 Previous version of this subject
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