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2011.06.06 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

July 15 Workshop to Examine Spirituality and Aging

Omaha - The workshop “Spirituality and Aging: An Obligation to Impart” will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 15, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

The daylong workshop, held at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons at UNO, will provide patrons the tools and insight needed to see the wisdom and value elders bring to a faith community.

Sponsored by the UNO Department of Gerontology, the workshop will cost $15 for attendees age 55 and older; $25 for attendees under age 55; and $50 for attendees who wish to receive Continuing Education Unit credits.

“Each generation has the obligation to transfer their heritage of faith through the stories, life experiences and wisdom handed down to them by their ancestors,” said Julie Masters, Department of Gerontology chair. “How can we help the elder fulfill his or her obligation? This workshop will explore that in greater detail.”

The day’s speakers include Amy Hanson and Paul Falkowski.

Amy Hanson is a speaker, writer and consultant with a passion to help older adults discover a life of Christ-centered meaning and purpose. She has a bachelor's degree in Bible and Family Ministry form Manhattan Christian College, a master's degree in Gerontology from Abilene Christian University and a doctoral degree in Human Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Hanson teaches several aging courses at UNO and at the college-level, and has conducted research on volunteerism among older adults in the church.

Paul Falkowski is the founder and executive director of Desert Ministries, a non-profit organization in Omaha dedicated to the frail elderly who are living in long-term care facilities. He has a bachelor's degree in Music from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and a master's degree in Gerontology from UNO. Falkowski is currently working on his doctoral degree at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He also teaches Gerontology at UNO.

Also included in the workshop will be a panel discussion on the role of the elder within each panelist’s faith community. Panelists include: Fr. Dennis Hamm, SJ, Creighton University; Dr. Syed M. Mohiuddin, Creighton School of Medicine; Cantor Wendy Shermet, Temple Israel Synagogue; and Rabbi Yitzchak Mizrahi, Beth Israel Synagogue.

To register for the July 15 workshop or for more information, visit www.unomaha.edu/gero/spirituality.php or call the UNO Department of Gerontology, (402) 554-2272.

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