Aging, Spirituality, and Pastoral Care: A Multi-national Perspective

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Elizabeth MacKinlay, James W. Ellor, Stephen K. Pickard
Haworth Pastoral Press, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 190 pages
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How can you foster spiritual growth in older people?

This multidisciplinary work re-examines issues of aging with dignity and spiritual meaning. Aging, Spirituality, and Pastoral Care: A Multi-National Perspective brings together chaplains, pastors, counselors, and health care practitioners in all walks of gerontology from around the world to present a fully rounded picture of the spiritual needs and potentialities of this fast-growing population. It also includes a study of the spiritual awareness of nurses working in six different nursing homes, as well as a model for a parish nursing practice that focuses on the aged.

Aging, Spirituality, and Pastoral Care addresses urgent issues for older people, including:
  • social and spiritual isolation
  • the wisdom of the aging
  • the need for intimacy
  • sexuality among older people
  • living with dementia
  • the spiritual dimensions of caregiving

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Elizabeth MacKinlay, an Anglican priest, is Director of the Centre for Aging and Pastoral Studies in Canberra, Australia, and Chair of the Australian Capital Territory Ministerial Advisory Council on Aging. She is Associate Professor at the Charles Sturt University School of Theology. She won the 2006 Australasian Journal on Aging (AJA) Book Award for Spiritual Growth and Care in the Fourth Age of Life, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Ellor is Editor in Chief of the Haworth Pastoral Press.

Stephen K. Pickard is the head of the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University and director of St. Mark's National Theological Centre in Australia.

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