Brilliant work…As a non-faith based organisation we have felt included and extended our own understanding – and role in – ensuring that older Australians in our care are provided with opportunities to explore and express their spirituality. In whatever form that takes. Thank you.Member survey Nov 2017
Read our August 2018 news now! You won't be surprised to hear that I talk to a lot of people in all sorts of roles about spirituality and its importance for flourishing in later life. And indeed for all of life. If you have tried talking about these things yourself...read more
Contributed by Resthaven, South Australia The Warrawee (Indigenous word meaning “rest here”) garden at Resthaven Marion is a place of relaxation, a delight to the eye and senses, with nooks for pausing and engaging in memory. It lends itself to group celebrations and...read more
Aged care organisations that go above and beyond have once again been recognised, with seven finalists announced in the 2018 Meaningful Ageing Australia Awards. The Awards celebrate organisations who can demonstrate a sustained and effective program or project that is...read more
Meaningful Ageing Australia is the national peak body for spiritual care and ageing. We are a membership based not-for-profit, supporting organisations and groups to respond to the pastoral and spiritual needs of older people, their significant others, and their carers. We advocate for spiritual care to be included in all care settings. Our mission is to enable access to high quality pastoral and spiritual care for all older people in Australia. Membership is open to organisations and groups who provide support, care and/or accommodation to older people.
Watch and listen to older people who are accessing aged care services talk about their spirituality here.
If you are looking for aged care services, a short list of important questions to ask providers is here.
Our main activities
We create high quality, practical resources enabling best practice pastoral and spiritual care for older people.
We deliver engaging education services.
We advocate with government and key agencies regarding the value of spiritual care for older people.
The impact of our work is seen in comments from our members:
“The National Guidelines have helped our organisation see that there are better ways of structuring our organisation to give greater meaning and purpose” in the lives of clients.
“Since beginning with Dementia Services, our staff are noticing a reduction in disruptive behaviours at meal times and less anxiety between residents.”
“Our staff are having talks about wanting to see people employed because of character, not technical skill. This has been a big change.”
Meaning, Purpose and Connectedness is Everybody’s Business
Spirituality is integral to, but not confined by, religion and faith. It is about what gives us a purpose to our lives. It is about our sources of meaning and hope, which in turn is intimately related to our connectedness to ourselves, to others and to the world. We therefore work with a wide range of organisations: faith-based and not faith-based, private sector and charitable. Spirituality is all about meaning, purpose and connectedness.
There is now a large body of evidence showing that pastoral and spiritual care is an essential part of holistic care for everyone, particularly older people including, importantly, those with dementia.
If you are someone who shares that vision, or is simply curious about how something like ‘spirituality’ can be an integral part of caring, then we would love to stay in touch. Please take some time to learn about us on this site and join our mailing list.
What is Spirituality?
Spirituality is the way we seek and express meaning and purpose; the way we experience our connection to the moment, self, others, our world and the significant or sacred. (adapted from California Lutheran Homes Centre for Spirituality and Ageing)
For more definitions please read our definitions document found here
We are registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission.
Thank you for your outstanding work. Your resources have become a fundamental part of our work.Member survey Nov 2017