Ageing and Spirituality across Faiths and Cultures

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Elizabeth MacKinlay
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Mar 15, 2010 - Psychology - 272 pages
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Health and social care practitioners are increasingly called upon to provide care to elderly people from a number of different faiths and cultures. This collection of essays examines ageing in the context of the many faiths and cultures that make up Western society, and provides carers with the knowledge they need 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 ageing veterans and ageing religious sisters. Issues of appropriate care are also addressed, and the book includes 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, aged care workers, pastoral carers, chaplains and religious professionals, in hospital, residential and other care settings.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
8
Living and Being in Multifaith and Multicultural Communities
11
Chapter 2 The Interrelationship of Spirituality Culture and Community in International Perspective
23
Chapter 3 The Cultural Diversity of Older Australians
41
Chapter 4 The Ageing Spirit
56
Pastoral Care and Ageing in Christian Perspective
69
Judaism and Ageing
80
The Role of Spirituality When Youre Short on Culture and Cant Find Your Red Shoes
94
A Showcase of Services Tailored to Meet the Physical Cultural and Spiritual Needs of People of Greek Origin
166
Chapter 13 Spiritual Wellbeing for Older People
178
Chapter 14 Integrated Support for Veterans in Aged Care Homes
194
Ageing Religious Sisters A Group with Specific Spiritual and Cultural Ne
212
Chapter 16 Promoting High Quality Care
228
Directions for the Future
242
CONTRIBUTORS
253
REFERENCES
257

Chapter 8 An Islamic Perspective on Ageing and Spirituality
112
A Buddhist Perspective
124
An Approach to Care from Hindu and Buddhist Perspectives
138
A Lively Spirit for Older People
152

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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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