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Faith and Reason Symposium examines ethics of care for the elderly population

LISLE – Benedictine University’s Ninth Annual Faith and Reason Symposium will present “Faith and Reason: Perspectives on Aging” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 15, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321.

Keynote speaker is Debra Dobbs, an associate professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, who will present “U.S. Exceptionalism and End of Life Care.”

Topics and panelists include:

• “The Surprising Research on Happiness and Aging” – Dianne Moran, associate professor of Psychology and Human Development.

• “Aging Well: Vocation after Work” – Christine Fletcher, associate professor of theology.

• “The Spirituality of Aging” – Sr. Karen Nykiel, religious studies and humanities instructor and Pax Christi member.

• “Challenges of Honoring and Caring for Older Adult Parents by Abused/Neglected Adult Children” – Jane Boumgarden, associate professor of social work.

• “Safety Nets and Hammocks: Understanding Federal Social Programs and the ‘Benefits’ of Being a Senior” – Phil Hardy, assistant professor of political science.

• “Changing Relationships from the Pre-modern to the Post-modern Era” – Jack Thornburg, professor of anthropology.

• “Common Challenges in Promoting Successful Aging” – Joan Libner, department chair and associate professor of nursing.

• Understanding the Nutritional Portrait of Older Adults” – Ginnie Moore, community planner with the Northeastern Illinois Agency on Aging.

The symposium is free and open to the public, however, luncheon space is limited. RSVP by contacting Lynn Dransoff at or 630-829-6250.  

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