By David O. Moberg
Discover the non secular dimensions of getting older via technological know-how, idea, and practice!During the later years of existence, many of us commit strength to a means of religious awakening and self-discovery. but their kinfolk, buddies, clergy, and the supporting pros who paintings with them are usually not regularly ready to appreciate or care for the non secular matters in their consumers. getting older and Spirituality offers a different, far-reaching evaluation of this long-neglected field.Divided into 4 self sustaining yet interwoven sections, this landmark ebook covers the religious realm with clinical rigor and deep human knowing. getting older and Spirituality comprehensively surveys the problems of spirituality, from the basis of simple definitions to targeted checks of the function spirituality performs within the lives of the aged and steered instructions for extra study. This book's special approach combines scholarly learn and functional nuts-and-bolts feedback for carrier supply. by means of drawing from many disciplines and professions, it bargains clean views to even these practitioners already conversant in the best religious strategies their very own box can supply. Aging and Spirituality solutions such universal questions as:
- What are the non secular wishes of individuals later in lifestyles?
- Is there any stable facts that prayer alterations issues?
- How is spirituality on the topic of actual and psychological healthiness?
- Does spirituality subject whilst humans be aware of they're demise?
- How will we degree religious health and examine the results of actions meant to reinforce it?
- Will realization to spirituality irritate or alleviate the losses--of pals, kin, well-being, youth--that so usually happen in the course of previous age?
Aging and Spirituality offers a much-needed source for well-being care pros, clergy, social staff, and counselors operating with geriatric consumers. by way of integrating religious matters into the theoretical framework of social gerontology, getting older and Spirituality can assist you know the medical foundations, useful functions, and public coverage implications of spirituality for older adults.
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Extra resources for Aging and Spirituality: Spiritual Dimensions of Aging Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
Society has, in many ways, become disillusioned and has lost hope. It lacks a spiritual core that, in times past, was the domain of elders and the legacy passed on to succeeding generations. Many of today's problems are directly associated with the fact that very important, sacred work is not being done, work that once was done, and only can be done, by elders. According to Mafico (1997), "Old age was cherished in biblical times because it is a gift denied many. The elders have qualities and attributes that make them indispensable advisers, storytellers, historians, and spiritual leaders in the community" (p.
Based on earlier research, it was determined that a variety of interventions have proven successful in helping youth navigate the difficult course through the early teen years. These interventions include: 1. community service activities 2. classroom-based life-skills curriculum 3. parent involvement 4. elder mentors (Taylor and Dryfoos, 1998, p. 44) In order to study the effects of the elder mentoring, three study groups were established: 1. The program group received all interventions, except mentors.
This, however, is not necessarily the case. There may be good reasons, both practical and spiritual, for older adults to live together, apart from the younger generations. More and more older people have discovered that the later years can prove to be the most favorable time of all for spiritual development (Griffin, 1997). Many often feel the need to devote more time and energy to prayer and other spiritual practices in an effort to find stronger meaning in their lives. Like the monasteries of the middle ages, retirement communities could represent a place where older adults gather to live in community, reflect on their lives, and share their common experiences.