Mental Health and Spirituality in Later Life

Mental Health and Spirituality in Later Life

by Elizabeth MacKinlay
     
 

ISBN-10: 0789021226

ISBN-13: 9780789021229

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Explore pastoral strategies for dealing with mental health problems! Mental health is increasingly being recognized as an important issue in later life. This valuable book will help you examine this dimension of aging in the context of pastoral, spiritual, and cultural issues. It explores the relationship between mental health, spirituality, and religion in later

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Explore pastoral strategies for dealing with mental health problems! Mental health is increasingly being recognized as an important issue in later life. This valuable book will help you examine this dimension of aging in the context of pastoral, spiritual, and cultural issues. It explores the relationship between mental health, spirituality, and religion in later life, including the search for meaning, cultural issues, spiritual issues, depression, dementia, and issues of suicide in older people. The first part of Mental Health and Spirituality in Later Life focuses on theology, ethics, and cultural issues in mental health and aging. The second part addresses issues of multidisciplinary practice, including a challenging chapter written by a woman with early onset dementia (Alzheimer's) and other chapters that present perspectives on the uses and meanings of ritual and symbolism in mental health and pastoral approaches to care. Part one of Mental Health and Spirituality in Later Life deals with issues of theology, culture, and mental health in later life, focusing on: the importance of a richly textured understanding of personhood as a prerequisite for constructing a picture of late-life mental health in the context of theology the relationship between culture, spirituality, and meaning for older immigrants-and their effects on mental health the adverse effects of a mental health system that reflects only the dominant culture of a society, leaving minority cultures vulnerable to misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatments that can do more harm than good a wholistic picture of aging that moves beyond the biomedical paradigm and demonstrates the power and potential of the human spirit in adjusting to and moving beyond suffering Part two of this valuable book addresses issues of concern to practitioners in mental health and spirituality for the aging, including: disruptive behavior among nursing home residents and common practices that

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789021229
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
A Monograph Published Simultaneously As Legal Reference Services Quarterly Series
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Part 1: Theology, Culture, and Mental Health in Later Life
  • Theological Perspectives on Ageing and Mental Health
  • Mental Health, Culture, and Spirituality: Implications for the Effective Psychotherapeutic Care of Australia’s Ageing Migrant Population
  • The Defiant Power of the Human Spirit: Mental Health in Later Life
  • Part 2: The Possibilities for Mental Health and Spirituality in Later Life: Implications for Practice
  • Dementia and Suffering in Nursing Homes
  • Dementia—A Spiritual Journey Towards the Divine: A Personal View of Dementia
  • Symbol Ritual and Dementia
  • Listening to People with Dementia: A Pastoral Care Perspective
  • Depression and Spirituality in Australian Aged Care Homes
  • Suicide in Later Life
  • Mental Health and Spirituality in Later Life: Pastoral Approaches
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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