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

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Haworth Pastoral Press, 2001 - Medical - 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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About the author (2001)

Elizabeth MacKinlay is 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.

Ellor is Editor in Chief of the Haworth Pastoral Press.

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