Course curriculum

  • 1

    Fumbling with Spirituality

    • All About you - Thank you!

    • Introduction

    • Research Findings

    • Research During Pandemic

    • Key Findings

    • Major Changes

    • Important Positive Insights

    • Looking Forward

    • In Conclusion


Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality & Aging

Jane Kuepfer

She is a spiritual director, an ordained minister, and a registered psychotherapist, and serves as a spiritual care provider in a retirement home. In her role with the RIA, Jane coordinates an annual Spirituality and Aging Seminar, conducts research, and teaches graduate courses. She recently convened, online, the 9th International Conference on Ageing & Spirituality.

Schlegel Innovation Leader Centre for Elder Research

Kate Dupuis

Dr. Kate Dupuis is the Schlegel Innovation Leader in Arts and Aging at the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research in Oakville, Ontario, and a Professor in the Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies at Sheridan College. Kate is a registered Clinical Neuropsychologist and a researcher whose work lies at the intersection of arts, health, and aging. In her research, Kate seeks to identify both the personal and systemic barriers to both providing access to, and participating in, purposeful and meaningful recreation and leisure activities, including arts-based activities. Kate strives to understand how the arts can benefit all domains of health and well-being for older adults and for their formal and informal care partners.

Spiritual Care Provider and Educator

Cynthia Breadner

Cynthia Breadner is the founder, developer and creator of growing programs focusing on Spiritual Education. Cynthia has worked with the aging population, caring for their spiritual wellness since 2004 and has focused on spiritual development and growth since 1993. After spending over 20 years in the caregiving community, she has gained vast knowledge through both experience and academics. Cynthia has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Religious Studies, with a minor in Gerontology and has completed a Master of Divinity. She is a spiritual care provider in LTC. She is a mother, grandmother, athlete, triathlete, hiker and cyclist. Find her adventures in many ways #dancynadventures

Spirituality and Meaning

Spirituality offers resources for resilience, adaptation, coping through loss, grounding, hope.

  • Spirituality is particularly important in life – finding meaning, connection to self/others/ God/the Universe, ultimate questions about life/death.

  • Spirituality offers resources for resilience, adaptation, coping through loss, grounding, hope.

  • Reassurance of being deeply understood nurtures sense of trust, belonging, security in vulnerability.