SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND CARE IN THE

SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND CARE IN THE

by Elizabeth MacKinlay
     
 

Spiritual Growth and Care in the Fourth Age of Life explores the spiritual dimension of ageing and investigates the role of pastoral and spiritual care in helping the frail elderly cope with end-of-life issues. Focusing on the experience of nursing home residents and anecdotes gathered in interviews, MacKinlay sensitively presents the struggles facing older people

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Spiritual Growth and Care in the Fourth Age of Life explores the spiritual dimension of ageing and investigates the role of pastoral and spiritual care in helping the frail elderly cope with end-of-life issues. Focusing on the experience of nursing home residents and anecdotes gathered in interviews, MacKinlay sensitively presents the struggles facing older people in need of care, such as loss of independence and privacy. Her findings show that despite ill health, loneliness and depression, older people near the end of their lives find meaning and support in (re)discovering their spirituality, and that this is not just the experience of those in care facilities, but of older people more generally. The book includes a useful chapter on spiritual assessment, providing carers with information on how to recognise the need for care. This book will be of interest to nurses, care workers, pastoral support professionals and anyone else working with older people.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843102311
Publisher:
Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date:
02/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.57(d)

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Table of Contents

1The spiritual dimension of ageing and people in need of care11
2The studies of frail older people and staff in aged care30
3Assessment of spirituality and spiritual needs : a developmental approach43
4Meaning in life and frailty in the later years56
5Wisdom, final meaning, the spiritual journey and frail older people69
6Spiritual reminiscence : provisional and final meanings in frail older people81
7The spiritual journey and mental health among older adults in need of care96
8Meeting the challenge : older people with memory loss and dementia109
9Worship and use of ritual among older people : working in multifaith and multicultural societies129
10Vulnerability and transcendence146
11Living with chronic physical health problems162
12Relationship and intimacy needs among nursing home residents176
13Grief, death, dying and spirituality in an aged care facility194
14Ethical issues in the fourth age of life213
15The model of spiritual growth and care in the fourth age of life229
App. 1Assessment of the spiritual needs of older adults : level 1246
App. 2Assessment of spiritual needs of older adults : level 2248
App. 3Group topics for spiritual reminiscence253

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