WICHERS, Bettina


Title of contribution:

ILP for conscious ageing

Dementia seen from multiple perspectives

Where & when:

Saturday, May 30th, 2020
15:30 – 16:45

Thursday, May 28th, 2020
11:30 – 13:30

ILP for conscious ageing

Is it different, an Integral Life Practice for conscious ageing from the “regular” ILP? And what does it mean to live well in a process we call life and that will end with something we call death? How can we live conscious in a process of decline? What are the needs of the individual consciousness in the process of ageing, and can they leed us to becoming more and more aware of a higher consciousness?

In this workshop we will go together through the four quadrants of ageing, through some lines of development which are involved, and some aspects how different types can experience this process. We practice short methods and will share our experiences with that, what the process of ageing can bring with it. We will try to identify our manifest, subtle and causal perspective on ageing, and will get some insights what can be done to live an more and more declining lifetime in an conscious, accepting and hopefully joyful way.

Dementia seen from multiple perspectives

Have you ever wondered how later and later perspectives would view dementia?

Bettina Wichers M.Sc. and Terri O’Fallon Ph.D. developed a research project that asks this question. By bringing together Terri’s research on STAGES and Bettina’s research and practical experience in diagnostics and dementia counseling, this inquiry comes to a more in-depth perspective of how people perceive and understand dementia.

They embedded 6 new sentence starters related to dementia In the general STAGES Sentence completion test. Then 20 people took the new “Dementia Inventory”. Their responses were scored and sent to a statistician to do a Crombach’s Alpha statistic to ensure reliability and internal consistency.

Next they took all of the responses to the six dementia completions and looked at each developmental response to unfold a trajectory of different views towards Dementia.

We will present our findings at the IEC for the first time, giving a first insight into possible practical implications out of this research.

About Bettina Wichers:

Trainer and Coach, experienced in the field of dementia, doing research
and working as a consultant with an integral approach on dementia,
using the integral map and developmental models. Scientific education in
Gerontology (M.Sc.) and Pedagogy (diploma). Scientific Associate at the
Faculty of Social Work at the University of Cottbus (Germany), lecturer
at the University of Göttingen (Germany).

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