Ageing and Spirituality across Faiths and Cultures: The First Translation of the Ancient Chinese Text on Immortality

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This collection of essays examines ageing in the context of the many faiths and cultures that make up Western society, and provides the knowledge needed to deliver sensitive and appropriate care to people of all faiths.

Chapters are written by authoritative figures from each of the world's major faith groups about the beliefs and practices of their older people. Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist perspectives are covered, as well as those of war veterans and religious...

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Overview

This collection of essays examines ageing in the context of the many faiths and cultures that make up Western society, and provides the knowledge needed to deliver sensitive and appropriate care to people of all faiths.

Chapters are written by authoritative figures from each of the world's major faith groups about the beliefs and practices of their older people. Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist perspectives are covered, as well as those of war veterans and religious sisters. A brief history of each faith and culture is outlined, and in light of this each chapter discusses what ageing means for the people in question, and how it is perceived. This is followed by an exploration of issues relating to appropriate care, along with recommendations for policy and practice.

This accessible and inspiring book will be a useful text for academics, policy makers and practitioners in health and social care, care workers, pastoral carers, chaplains and religious professionals in hospital, residential and other care settings.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781849050067
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Preface 8

Chapter 1 Ageing and Spirituality: Living and Being in Multifaith and Multicultural Communities Elizabeth MacKinlay 11

Chapter 2 The Interrelationship of Spirituality, Culture and Community in International Perspective James Haire 22

Chapter 3 The Cultural Diversity of Older Australians Ingrid Seebus Ann Peut 40

Chapter 4 The Ageing Spirit Rachael Kohn 57

Chapter 5 Friends and Neighbours: Pastoral Care and Ageing in Christian Perspective Elizabeth MacKinlay 68

Chapter 6 From Ageing to Sage-ing: Judaism and Ageing Jeffrey Cohen 81

Chapter 7 Dorothy, Oodgeroo and Blackfella Ageing; The Role of Spirituality When You're Short on Culture and Can't Find Your Red Shoes Dennis McDermott 95

Chapter 8 An Islamic Perspective on Ageing and Spirituality Mohamad Abdalla Ikebal Mohammed Adam Patel 112

Chapter 9 The Spiritual Needs of the Aged and Dying: A Buddhist Perspective Subhana Barzaghi 124

Chapter 10 Dying: An Approach to Care from Hindu and Buddhist Perspectives Amy Rayner Purushottama Bilimoria 138

Chapter 11 Orthodox Faith: A Lively Spirit for Older People Rosalie Hudson 152

Chapter 12 Cultural Diversity in Aged Care: A Showcase of Services Tailored to Meet the Physical, Cultural and Spiritual Needs of People of Greek Origin Robyn Simmonds Nicholas Stavropoulas 167

Chapter 13 Spiritual Well-being for Older People Ann Harrington 179

Chapter 14 Integrated Support for Veterans in Aged Care Homes Tracey T.A. McDonald 195

Chapter 15 On the Road to Emmaus: Ageing Religious Sisters, A Group with Specific Spiritual and Cultural Needs Gabrielle Brian 212

Chapter 16 Promoting High Quality Care Elizabeth Pringle 228

Chapter 17 The Search Conference Process in Ageing and Spiritual and Pastoral Care: Directions for the Future Elizabeth MacKinlay 243

Contributors 253

References 257

Subject Index 267

Author Index 271

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