How can the church respond to the needs of older people?

2nd May 2012 9.30 AM – 4 PM @ Queen Street

This day is open to all associated with the North Yorkshire Coast Circuit who have an interest in pastoral care.
• This is a day of shared learning for lay and ordained people with an interest in responding to the needs of the aging population in general.
• Local demographics for the North Yorkshire Circuit suggest a doubling of the over 80’s age group in the next 10 years. This, along with more tenuous family networks will involve increasing calls for support from the church in collaboration with Voluntary and Statutory services.
• People engaged in this work also need support.
• People are interested in finding out where such support is available and how to access it.
• This day will provide a valuable signposting resource, which will be available afterwards on the circuit website
• There is no cost associated with this day; all speakers have generously given their time. Tea and coffee will be available, please bring your own lunch. Lunchtime can be an opportunity to talk to and learn from each other what challenges are being faced across the new circuit.
• The sessions will be presented by the speakers, there will be the opportunity to ask questions and some interaction will be expected.

9.30  Arrival and coffee
9.45  Welcome and Introduction to the day
    Sheenagh de Silva (Chair)
9.50  Needs of Older People – a medical view
    Dr Prasanna de Silva – Consultant Psychiatrist
   *  What is old?
   *  A Doctor’s consultation
   *  What to know about depression and dementia
   *  Carers needs
   *  Managing Risks
   *  Any Questions
10.50  Coffee
11.15  A Spiritual Perspective
  Diane Robinson
  *  Difficult Questions without answers
  *  Asking for help and support - how hard can that be?
  *  Opportunity for Mission
12.00  Living with Dementia
    Helen Williams – Alzheimers Society, Scarborough
1 PM   Lunch – please bring your own lunch, drinks will be provided
2.00  Afternoon Session
  How can a care manager help?
  Vulnerable adult and safeguarding issues
    Tina Simpson – Social Services, North Yorkshire House
3.00  Legal Matters:  How can a solicitor help?
    Paul Midgley – Longstaff and Midgley Solicitors
  *  Lasting Powers of Attorney
  *  Wills and inheritance issues
  *  Living wills
3.30  Pulling it all together
  Prasanna and Sheenagh de Silva
  *  Signposting – where to look for help
  *  How to access the help available
4.00  Chairs conclusion

The North Yorkshire Coast Circuit officially opens for business on September 1st when the Filey, Scarborough, Sherburn and Whitby Circuits will cease to exist. However over the last two years or so as prayers, plans and preparations have been made we have often said that we don’t grow bigger in order to stay the same. Today is a great example of what we mean. I am grateful to all who have so generously given their time and insights for this day, especially to Sheenagh and Prasanna de Silva and I look forward to an enthusiastic and grateful response from all parts of the North Yorkshire Coast Circuit and beyond.
Mark Haynes
To register an interest and/or reserve your place,
please contact:
Julie Fairweather
Circuit Administrator
The Circuit Office
Queen Street
YO11 1HQ