Spirituality and Ageing

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1999 - Social Science - 191 pages
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Spirituality and Ageing presents the experience of ageing as an opportunity for spiritual reflection and affirmation of life. The contributors are religious and spiritual leaders and ethical thinkers from a range of different backgrounds. They define 'spirituality' not just as a religious concept but as the fulfilment of the universal human need for purpose, values and relationships - a sense of wholeness in life.

This spiritual dimension helps people face the emotional and psychological challenges of growing older, such as memory loss, dementia, bereavement and fear of death. Existing systems of social care often focus on the material and physical needs of older people; this collection proposes that the spiritual needs of older people are as vital a consideration for their welfare. Through their spirituality, older people can attain a fuller appreciation and understanding of life, which can also inform and enrich the lives of others.Spirituality and Ageing will be an invaluable resource to carers looking for a holistic and more reflective approach to work with older people.

 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
7
Gerard W Hughes SJ Freelance Writer
20
One Quakers Perspective
48
Harvesting a Lifetime
65
The Memory Box
86
Immediacy and Ultimacy in Dementia 11 5
115
A Challenge to Christian Theology and Pastoral Care
125
A Social Work View
136
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About the author (1999)

Albert Jewell is pastoral director of Methodist Homes for the Aged. With funding from the Sir Halley Stewart Trust, Methodist Homes have been working alongside the Christian Council on Ageing and many other organisations to generate resources on the spirituality of ageing.

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