Catching the threads (or rather
catching some personal threads)
Mary Marshall
A personal view
• Who am I?
• Language
• FiOP
Main Threads
• Creativity
• Resilience
• Spiritual care
• Love
• Optimism
• Rhetoric
• Tears and stories
• Reciprocity
• C...
Creativity
• Arts are the best way of changing stereotypes: of
‘standing outside the dominant view of ageing’
• A wave of ...
Resilience
• ‘Capable of regaining its original shape or
position after bending, stretching or other
deformation
• Recover...
Spirituality
• No point in defining spirituality (though many
people had a good try)
• Exemplary figures who embody values...
Love
Optimism
• We have been on an island of optimism
• Just passing references to fear, poor
care, shrinking budgets
• None at...
Rhetoric
• ‘We shall rise before the aged and honour the
face of the elderly’
• Wisdom of older people
• A lot of us here ...
Tears and stories
• Music: e.g. people dancing
• Stories of creativity and communication
constantly moving – ‘you have tou...
Reciprocity
• Music
• Churches gain as much as they give
• Animations made by people with dementia
and children in care
Continuity
• Continuity of relationships in families and
communities
• Biography and identity
Change
• Life in two halves
• Rethinking dementia – e.g. time
Diversity
• This is a very Christian gathering
• Does it matter?
• Would other religion’s views on spirituality and
ageing...
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Mary Marshall - Catching the threads (or rather catching some personal threads)

  1. 1. Catching the threads (or rather catching some personal threads) Mary Marshall
  2. 2. A personal view • Who am I? • Language • FiOP
  3. 3. Main Threads • Creativity • Resilience • Spiritual care • Love • Optimism • Rhetoric • Tears and stories • Reciprocity • Continuity • Change • Diversity
  4. 4. Creativity • Arts are the best way of changing stereotypes: of ‘standing outside the dominant view of ageing’ • A wave of creativity • We can learn ‘how to’ even if we can no longer learn facts • Work as creativity • Communication
  5. 5. Resilience • ‘Capable of regaining its original shape or position after bending, stretching or other deformation • Recovering easily and quickly from illness, hardship’ • Retaining zest for life • Dignified autonomy under pressure in thought and action
  6. 6. Spirituality • No point in defining spirituality (though many people had a good try) • Exemplary figures who embody values you want to imitate • Selling it • Embodied spirituality
  7. 7. Love
  8. 8. Optimism • We have been on an island of optimism • Just passing references to fear, poor care, shrinking budgets • None at all to relationships devoid of love, people who are and have always been unpleasant • Many of us are older people • Is it because most people here have faith?
  9. 9. Rhetoric • ‘We shall rise before the aged and honour the face of the elderly’ • Wisdom of older people • A lot of us here are elderly • You are all exceptional people
  10. 10. Tears and stories • Music: e.g. people dancing • Stories of creativity and communication constantly moving – ‘you have touched the strings of my heart’ • Lament
  11. 11. Reciprocity • Music • Churches gain as much as they give • Animations made by people with dementia and children in care
  12. 12. Continuity • Continuity of relationships in families and communities • Biography and identity
  13. 13. Change • Life in two halves • Rethinking dementia – e.g. time
  14. 14. Diversity • This is a very Christian gathering • Does it matter? • Would other religion’s views on spirituality and ageing be interesting? Would they be understandable? • Is it important to engage an increasingly secular society in this issue? • How?

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