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12 September 2014

Church prepares for ageing population

Church prepares for ageing population

With a rapidly ageing population, a conference next month looks at how prepared the Church and society are to reach these older people. 

Only a fifth of those aged 85 and over have a sense of belonging to a church, according to a recent study by Dr Peter Brierley. The Where Is My Older Neighbour? conference will examine how mission relates to this age group. 

Ensuring church communities work for today's and tomorrow's older people is the key aim of the meeting, being held on 9 October 2014 at Mary Ward House, London. 

Confirmed speakers include Dr Martin Green, chief executive of Care England and the Ven Chris Skilton, Archdeacon of Croydon. Pam Rhodes, presenter of Songs of Praise and patron of MHA, the Methodist's Church charity providing care, accommodation and support for older people, will chair the conference. 

Practical responses to issues surrounding mission to elderly people is being offered to delegates, and there will be a chance to engage with practitioners in workshops. 

Those involved with or concerned about later life issues in a church, care or community setting, including health and social care professionals, chaplains, clergy and church pastoral leaders and older people themselves are being asked to attend. 

Where Is My Older Neighbour? Responding to the Changing Context of Care is being organised by London Churches and MHA. For more information, visit the website here.