Overview

The Elderly – Our Future

A FREE webinar series sponsored by the Community of Sant’Egidio, Catholic Charities USA and the Catholic Health Association of the United States

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Overview

Revered by some cultures and pushed aside and forgotten by others, elders are more and more in our midst. This webinar series will open a conversation starting from the newest Vatican document, Old Age: Our Future – The elderly after pandemic, and stretch thinking on possibilities for how Catholic and fellow faith-based ministries as well as others must partner and innovate to meet the critical needs of the growing population of elders and the impact on them from the pandemic.

A reflection on the lessons to be learned from the tragedy of the pandemic, on its consequences for today and for the immediate future of our societies, the Pontifical Academy for Life, together with the Dicastery for Integral Human Development, published the document on Feb. 9, 2021. Review the document.

To emphasize its messages and create opportunities for sharing between ministries, CHA, the Community of Sant’Egidio and Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), are co-sponsoring a four-part webinar series to highlight the themes of the document.

Please note: we welcome volunteers who can present models/innovations/ideas for serving older persons to propose a program. Please contact CHA and provide a title, sentence or two about the activity and your full contact information so that we can contact you to learn more.

“The pandemic has produced a twofold awareness: on the one hand the interdependence of everyone, and on the other greater attention to inequalities. We are all in the same storm, but it is increasingly evident that we are on different boats, and that the least seaworthy boats are sinking every day.”

From, Old Age: Our Future –
The elderly after pandemic
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Webinar Registration Costs

Each of the webinars in this series is FREE for all and highlighy recommended for CHA members, CCUSA and Sant’Egidio affiliates as well as all of those who work or minister to seniors.

 

Series Webinars Include:

Webinar I | March 9, Noon to 1 p.m. ET

The Elderly — Our Future: A New Document from the Pontifical Academy for Life
This webinar will set the stage for a four-event series to unpack the themes and share successful practices to assist elders and caregivers. The webinar will include a message from the document's primary author, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, and an insightful review of the document and its themes and the call it offers to the elderly and those who care for them.

Webinar II | March 24, Noon to 1 p.m. ET

The Elderly — Our Future: Impacts of Pandemic and Improved Longevity
This webinar, the second in a series of four on the Vatican document, Old Age — Our Future, will address the current crisis for elders created by the pandemic and the improved longevity of elders. Medical and experiential field experts will speak to the sociological and spiritual dimensions of the pandemic on this population and the event will also include voices of some elderly people either from home or from nursing homes who will share their personal journeys through a pandemic.

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Webinar III | April 21, 2021, Noon to 1 p.m. ET

The Elderly — Our Future: Alternative Examples for Eldercare
This webinar will share current models for supporting older people and their families (diocesan, parishes, Catholic Charities, health care (include PACE), Sant’Egidio CAPABLE that others can replicate or re-purpose. Time will be provided for questions and small group discussion. Please note: we are looking for volunteers to present models/innovations/ideas for serving older persons. Please contact CHA and provide a title, sentence or two about the activity and your full contact information so that we can contact you to learn more.

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Linda Chadderdon
Program Manager
Home Visitation (Genesee County) and Friendly Phones programs (Orleans County)
Catholic Charities of Buffalo, New York

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Susan Chill
Executive Director
St. Alexius Outreach Ministries
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Chris Lowney (Moderator)
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
CommonSpirit Health
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Paola Piscitelli
President
Community of Sant’Egidio USA

Webinar IV | May 26, 2021, Noon to 1 p.m. ET

The Elderly — Our Future: Connecting for Greater Understanding and Action for Elders
This final webinar in the four-event series will offer a surprise guest and also bring back CHA, CCUSA, Sant’Egidio presenters to highlight themes from the series and further explore how families, parishes and other ministries can support older persons through small group discussion and questions to the panel.

Additional information coming soon.
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Series Objectives

  • Highlight the messages of the Vatican document with a diverse audience from the United States, Italy and elsewhere including associates and leaders of of health care and social service ministries of the Church.
  • Underscore the moral and spiritual insights of the document as well as connect to historic Church, social service and health care responses.
  • Develop and celebrate a Catholic response to the pandemic crisis and on-going needs of older persons.
  • Explore how families, parishes and other ministries can support older persons.
  • Share current models for supporting older people and their families (diocesan, parishes, charities, health care (include PACE), Sant'Egidio, community (such as CAPABLE) others can replicate or re-purpose.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credit (CEC) for Session I are unavailable. Additional information for Sessions II – IV is coming soon.

This webinar series will be of interest to

  • Those who serve elders
  • Long-term care administrators
  • Aging service leaders
  • Facility caregivers
  • In-home caregivers
  • Health service strategists
  • Community benefit leaders
  • Mission leaders
  • Chaplains