By David O. Moberg
Discover the religious dimensions of getting older via technological know-how, concept, and practice!During the later years of existence, many of us commit strength to a strategy of religious awakening and self-discovery. but their relations, acquaintances, clergy, and the aiding execs who paintings with them should not continuously ready to appreciate or take care of the religious matters in their consumers. getting older and Spirituality presents a special, far-reaching assessment of this long-neglected field.Divided into 4 self reliant yet interwoven sections, this landmark booklet covers the non secular realm with clinical rigor and deep human knowing. getting older and Spirituality comprehensively surveys the problems of spirituality, from the foundation of easy definitions to distinct tests of the position spirituality performs within the lives of the aged and instructed instructions for extra learn. This book's new angle combines scholarly examine and sensible nuts-and-bolts feedback for provider supply. by means of drawing from many disciplines and professions, it bargains clean views to even these practitioners already acquainted with the simplest non secular concepts their very own box can supply. Aging and Spirituality solutions such universal questions as:
- What are the religious wishes of individuals later in existence?
- Is there any reliable proof that prayer alterations issues?
- How is spirituality relating to actual and psychological healthiness?
- Does spirituality topic while humans comprehend they're loss of life?
- How do we degree non secular health and determine the results of actions meant to augment it?
- Will consciousness to spirituality irritate or alleviate the losses--of pals, relations, well-being, youth--that so usually happen in the course of outdated age?
Aging and Spirituality offers a much-needed source for overall healthiness care pros, clergy, social employees, and counselors operating with geriatric consumers. through integrating religious concerns into the theoretical framework of social gerontology, getting older and Spirituality may help you recognize the medical foundations, useful purposes, and public coverage implications of spirituality for older adults.
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In contemporary American culture, the role of elder is essentially nonexistent, let alone socially valued, with little social or emotional support available. PAST ROLES FOR ELDERS The lack of roles for elders is a relatively new phenomenon. A look at the roots of most cultures reveals a long history of important and valued roles for elders. This is evident throughout the world but is particularly 21 22 AGING AND SPIRITUALITY true in the Asian, African, Native American, and Hispanic cultures. In these earlier cultures, elders were considered essential to the continuity and identity of the community.
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The research also examined the difference between having highly involved mentors (six hours or more per week) and less involved mentors. It found that youth with highly involved mentors showed better results on a number of measures, including school attendance (Taylor and Dryfoos, 1998). 30 AGING AND SPIRITUALITY CONCLUSION For centuries, in virtually all cultures, older adults had a place of honor in their communities and a valued role as seeker of truth, historian, guide, and teacher of younger people.
Aging and Spirituality: Spiritual Dimensions of Aging Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy by David O. Moberg