Ageing and Spirituality across Faiths and Cultures

Ageing and Spirituality across Faiths and Cultures


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Ageing and Spirituality across Faiths and Cultures by MacKinlay, Elizabeth

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849050067
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 03/15/2010
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth MacKinlay is both a registered nurse and an Anglican priest. She is Director of the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies at St Mark's National Theological Centre, Canberra, and a Professor in the School of Theology, Charles Sturt University. Elizabeth was Chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing in 2008 and is the ACT Senior Australian of the Year for 2009. She is the author of The Spiritual Dimension of Ageing and Spiritual Growth and Care in the Fourth Age of Life and editor of Ageing, Disability and Spirituality, all published by JKP.

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