Ageing & Spirituality 'The Last Stage of Growth' - Recorded Webinar Access

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If you missed this, the first in our series of live broadcast Ageing & Spirituality Webinars, you can purchase access, see the details below

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On 14 October 2020, Selwyn Foundation Spiritual Director Reverend Caroline Leys and Hospice NZ Clinical Advisor Professor Rod MacLeod presented the topic ‘The Last Stage of Human Growth is Mortality’.

The focus of the topic is on older people, although there is some relevance for death from mid-life years, but not so much relevance for children and young adults.

Caroline and Rod discussed, all stages of life provide opportunity for growth and discovery, and that well engaged mortality strengthens growth. The knowledge of negotiating the personal concept of mortality, that our life as we know it is finite. This can challenge us, it can bring to the surface questions such as:

Have we made a difference?

Are we leaving a legacy?

Are we surrounded by love or are we alone?

Do we need to find reconciliation because of difficulty?

These questions are in the realm of spirituality, they are philosophical questions about meaning and purpose. However, we may be frightened of everything we know coming to an end, or it may be painful to have the honest discussion, we may find it difficult to raise the matters that concern us.

The discussion, based on the belief that those of us who work with people near the end of their life need to develop our fluency to open opportunities for these conversations, and to be ready to have the difficult conversations. Rod and Caroline explore all these factors, including: how family encounter and cope, or not, with what their elder is really needing and wanting in the last stage of their life.

Once you have purchased access to this webinar recording we will contact you with the connection details.

If you joined the above October webinar and you're looking for the second Ageing and Spirituality webinar please click here: 'Spiritual strength: does it matter?

Photo of Kotuku Point, Great Barrier Island, facing north to Hawaiki Nui. Captured by Stephen Leys ©

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The Selwyn Foundation has been around for a very long time.

The Selwyn Foundation is an independent, faith-based New Zealand registered charity providing services to older people and their families. We have been leading the way in improving the quality of life of our elders for over sixty five years. As pioneers of the retirement village model and of rest home care in this country, we are uniquely experienced in providing residential care, independent retirement living and community outreach services for older adults.

With the dramatic rise of New Zealand's ageing population, the work of The Selwyn Foundation is more important than ever. Building on our achievements to date — and in keeping with our original Mission to provide quality care for elders — we will continue to innovate, diversify and offer a continuum of flexible care options that meet the present and future needs of ageing people and their families.


In keeping with our mission:

To deliver quality services that are responsive to the ageing person and their family, ensuring that our charitable outreach supports those who are vulnerable or in need.

Our activities are grouped in four key areas:


Enhancing the lives of elders who are vulnerable or in need.

To support our mission we reappraised our definition of 'vulnerability' and developed new, practical ideas on how our charitable mission could affect the quality of life of older people. We identified three particular areas where our help can make a substantial difference to those in need:

• Social isolation/loneliness

• Affordable housing

• Hardship support

These priorities are funded through surpluses derived from the various Selwyn villages, community services and educational functions, and through fundraising, donations, bequests, and sponsorship initiatives and in the future surpluses from commercial partnerships. We have partnered with Auckland Council to further build on our affordable housing goals in addition to our 81 rentals.


Investing in research and education to deliver quality care.

The Selwyn Institute takes a holistic approach to the wellbeing of older people and helps inform our charitable and business functions through knowledge-sharing, research, trials, innovations, and technology development.

The Selwyn Foundation is committed to opening up growth and skill opportunities that help our staff, their families and our residents.


Providing care and support to elders in their community.

Recognising that village life is not for everyone, The Selwyn Foundation is expanding its care and services to those who choose to remain living in their communities. Helping older people to remain connected through our Selwyn Centres, providing cost effective transport, health and fitness programmes, and providing products and services that they both need and want. All of this delivered through The Selwyn Way – our approach to care.


Creating thriving communities to age well.

We continue to build thriving communities, mindful of the potential need for continuum of care. With the development of The Selwyn Way, our approach to care, so too we have developed purpose-built residential care housing that allows us to provide residents with a more homely environment where they can find meaning and self-fulfilment.

The Selwyn Foundation

PO Box 8203, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150.

Telephone (09) 846 0119.

Fax (09) 846 0700.

Email: mail@selwynfoundation.org.nz

Website: www.selwynfoundation.org.nz

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