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Our parents are aging

Our parents are aging

From October 19 to 23, 2017

Course for children whose parents are aging, and operators in the sector of geriatric assistance

The course has both a psychological and a spiritual orientation and is intended for families involved in caring for an elderly parent. Mr. and Mrs. Gillini-Zattoni teach the course with focus on the psychopedagogical aspects, while Fr. Patrizio Rota Scalabrini and Fr. Enrico Minuscolo focus on the biblical and spiritual aspects.

The purpose of the course is to prevent the elderly person’s offspring from holding onto unrealistic expectations, causing the relationship to become rigid and hyperprotective.


Thursday October 19, 2017 (before dinner)
Arrival and distribution of room keys

Friday, October 20, 2017
Morning: The psychological evolution of the elderly

Afternoon: Transformation of the relationship between older parent and caregiver child

Movie “An Unfinished Life” (2005, by Lasse Hallström, from the novel by Mark Spragg)

Evening: Walk to the Alp by starlight

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Morning: Possible traps in caring for the elderly

Afternoon: Tour-Hike

Evening: Free time

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Reflection by Fr. Patrizio Rota Scalabrini:

How the bible talks about aging


Lunch and departure


Mariateresa Zattoni and Gilberto Gillini, graduates of the Catholic University of Milan and former teachers at the Pontifical Institute Giovanni Paolo II for studies on Marriage and the Family. They have been members for many years of the National Committee for the Family of the CEI, as experts.

They live in Lecco and cooperate with schools, culture departments and diocese in the activities of training for couples, priests and religious personnel.

Organisational details

The classes are held at the Diocesan House of Bergamo, Hotel Villa Madonna, at Siusi on Sciliar (m. 1000 above sea level) in the heart of the Dolomites.
The course is for adults only.
Your participation in the course must be communicated directly to the hotel by October 15, 2017.

Those who wish to may stay at the hotel even in the days preceding the course.

A spiritual holiday to grow as a couple…

In the heart of the Dolomites, immersed in a peaceful, natural setting, cared for and pampered by the hotel Villa Madonna.

An alternative holiday…

Try leaving the children at home so that they appreciate being with their parents more, and the parents can enjoy a little time together.

A holiday that wants to be more

Not just lectures, but also group dynamics, not only psychology but also Faith, not only learning but also fun, not just a return to the past but also new impetus to face the future.

Cost of the course per person

(Three nights, full board with beverages)

Room without balcony: 180 €
Room with balcony: 200 €

Registration for the course: € 30
Surcharge for single room: € 20

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