Aging, Spirituality, And Religion

Aging, Spirituality, And Religion

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Aging, Spirituality, And Religion

This book examines the ways religion and spirituality are experienced by aging persons within an aging society. It aims to encompass the wholeness of the elder's life, including spiritual yearnings that are often shaped by religious faith and practice. Eminent contributors from a variety of disciplines explore this new terrain of an emerging interdisciplinary field. The result is a volume that will function as the standard reference work in the area, an important tool for professionals and students in health care, psychology, spiritual ministry, and gerontology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800634186
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 12/01/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 664
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.33(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Beginning the Conversation1
Part 1Religion, Spirituality, and the Aging Person5
1.Religion and Health in Later Life9
2.Religion and Psychological Well-Being30
3.Religion and Coping47
4.The Continuity of the Spiritual Self68
5.Spiritual Development in Later Life74
7.The Development of Wisdom102
8.Religion and Persons of Color119
Part 2Pastoral Care in an Aging Society129
9.Pastoral Care131
10.Assessment, Referral, and Networking148
11.Pastoral Care of African Americans161
12.Legal and Financial Concerns174
13.Ethical Perspectives187
Part 3Congregational Ministry in an Aging Society197
14.Age-Based Jewish and Christian Rituals201
15.Religious Education218
16.Worship, Traditions, and Settings233
17.A Feminist Perspective on Aging242
18.Congregational Models253
19.Elements of Parish Revitalization270
Part 4Community Outreach in an Aging Society281
20.The Church in the Community285
21.Church-Based Support Programs for Elderly Black Adults: Congregational and Clergy Characteristics306
22.Congregation-Based Health Programs325
23.Congregation-Sponsored Housing335
24.Congregation as a Spiritual Care Community350
25.Spiritual Challenges of Nursing Home Life362
26.Older Gay and Lesbian Adults374
Part 5Theological Perspectives on Aging385
27.A Jewish Perspective389
28.A Catholic Perspective403
29.Evangelical Perspectives417
30.A Neo-Orthodox Perspective429
31.A Process Theology Perspective444
32.A Feminist Theology of Aging460
33.Constructive Theology483
34.Science and Religion in Dialogue497
Part 6Social Scientific Perspectives on Aging507
35.Adult Development Theories and Concepts511
36.Sociological Theories533
37.Applications of Research Methods541
38.The Interdisciplinary Study of Gerontology558
39.Quantitative and Qualitative Methods568
40.Interpretive Social Science and Spirituality589
Index of Names613
Index of Subjects625

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