9:00 am — 4:00 pm
Bethel Canadian Reformed Church
Bethel Canadian Reformed Church, 11251 Bayview Ave, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S 1L8, Canada
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Course 5:

Reaching out: Institutional Settings; Families and Caregivers for Seniors


Opportunities to serve the aging already abound, including the elderly living in our own neighbourhoods and throughout our communities.  The vast majority (90+%) live in their own homes or with their own families; 2/3 of those over 85 live in their own homes or with their families.  85% of those with dementia live in the communities (not in institutions).  Further, loneliness in Canadian seniors is widely recognized as “an epidemic”: “1.4 million elderly Canadians report feeling lonely”, “while 80 years and older say that up to 80 per cent of the time they feel lonely” (here). This course provides an overview of this situation, a profile of those in our communities, and considers how we might respond.

“The righteous … flourish in the courts of our God.
They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
to declare that the LORD is upright”
(Psalm 92).


Dr. Tom McCormick


Audit – There will be a $100 fee for auditing the module ($50 if you ONLY attend the conferences).
Certificate Level – There will be a $150 fee for each module or $750 if preregistered for the entire program ($650 for chaplains).
Bachelors/Masters Level – Please contact the Word and Spirit Institute for tuition of Bachelor and Masters courses.
There will an additional cost for the purchase of required reading material.

  • Biblical Foundations of Ministries with the Aging
  • Principles and Practices of Spiritual Care for Seniors (I)
  • Aging, Stages of Human Development, and Spirituality
  • Principles and Practices of Spiritual Care for Seniors (II)
  • Reaching out: Institutional settings; Families and Caregivers for Seniors
  • Reaching out: The Church and the Community; Families and Caregivers for Seniors
  • Cultural, Gender, and Religious Diversity; Global Aging

Please e-mail wsinstitute@outlook.com for more information, to register and/or receive the course-syllabus



May 19, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dr. Tom McCormick and Rev. Matthew VanLuik

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