Spiritual Dimension of Ageing

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What gives a frail and isolated or institutionalised older person their sense of wholeness and self? What makes later life meaningful? This clear and practical text presents much-needed guidance for health and social care practitioners, as well as for religious professionals, seeking to identify and meet the spiritual needs of older people in their caring role. Drawing on in-depth interviews with older people, Elizabeth MacKinlay, an experienced nurse and chaplain, develops an understanding of spirituality that ...

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Overview

What gives a frail and isolated or institutionalised older person their sense of wholeness and self? What makes later life meaningful? This clear and practical text presents much-needed guidance for health and social care practitioners, as well as for religious professionals, seeking to identify and meet the spiritual needs of older people in their caring role. Drawing on in-depth interviews with older people, Elizabeth MacKinlay, an experienced nurse and chaplain, develops an understanding of spirituality that enables the reader to explore the spiritual dimension of ageing and to learn how it contributes to well being and health in later life. This accessible and inspiring book will be a useful text for students, trainers and academics, policy makers and practitioners in health and social care, as well as religious professionals, in hospital, residential and other caring settings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843100089
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 827,475
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables 6
Preface 7
1 An ageing society and the spiritual dimension 11
2 Examining spirituality and ageing 25
3 Religion, faith and spirituality 45
4 Meaning in life: spiritual development in ageing 59
5 Types of ultimate meaning and images of God 76
6 Response to ultimate meaning in life: religious 87
7 Response to the Ultimate: meaning through experience and activity 109
8 The spiritual journey in ageing 119
9 Perceptions of self-sufficiency and vulnerability in ageing 133
10 Wisdom and the move from provisional to final meanings 153
11 Hope, fear, despair and the last career 177
12 Humour, laughter, spirituality and ageing 191
13 Spirituality, relationship and issues of isolation in ageing 198
14 A picture of spirituality and ageing 220
15 The spiritual dimension of ageing: challenges and preparation for ageing 241
References 256
Subject Index 262
Author Index 271
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