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By David O. Moberg

Discover the religious dimensions of getting older via technological know-how, concept, and practice!

During the later years of existence, many folks dedicate strength to a strategy of religious awakening and self-discovery. but their kinfolk, acquaintances, clergy, and the assisting pros who paintings with them will not be continuously ready to appreciate or care for the religious issues in their consumers. getting older and Spirituality offers a different, far-reaching evaluation of this long-neglected field.

Divided into 4 self reliant yet interwoven sections, this landmark e-book covers the non secular realm with clinical rigor and deep human figuring out. getting older and Spirituality comprehensively surveys the problems of spirituality, from the foundation of simple definitions to designated exams of the position spirituality performs within the lives of the aged and advised instructions for additional study. This book's new angle combines scholarly study and sensible nuts-and-bolts feedback for provider supply. through drawing from many disciplines and professions, it deals clean views to even these practitioners already acquainted with the best non secular concepts their very own box can supply.

Aging and Spirituality solutions such universal questions as:

  • What are the religious wishes of individuals later in existence?
  • Is there any sturdy facts that prayer adjustments issues?
  • How is spirituality relating to actual and psychological healthiness?
  • Does spirituality subject while humans recognize they're loss of life?
  • How will we degree non secular health and verify the results of actions meant to augment it?
  • Will awareness to spirituality worsen or alleviate the losses--of pals, relatives, healthiness, youth--that so frequently happen in the course of previous age?

Aging and Spirituality offers a much-needed source for well-being care pros, clergy, social employees, and counselors operating with geriatric consumers. via integrating non secular matters into the theoretical framework of social gerontology, getting older and Spirituality might help you realize the medical foundations, sensible functions, and public coverage implications of spirituality for older adults.

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Finding God in activity that makes prayer a style of life in God's service 4. The "experiential awareness of the presence of God" that is a special gift of sensing God's operative presence in the world and in oneself (pp. 74-76) Persons and communities that are firmly rooted in personal experience with God are empowered to become committed, creative forces for transforming society, so individualism is held in balance with social consciousness (Sears, 1984). In popular culture, countless magazine articles, pamphlets, books, and videos offer inspirational interpretations and advice on how to deepen and enrich spirituality.

But if ten people ages 2 to 80 are grouped together, they will fall into a natural age hierarchy that nurtures and teaches them all. For our own mental and societal health, we need to reconnect the age groups, (p. 12) The need for elder role models was clearly defined in the African culture, as Wimberly (1997) describes: It was understood that the elders had an important role to play with young people during one of the most difficult times in life, the period between childhood and adulthood. Africans addressed The Spiritual Role of the Elder in the Twenty-First Century 29 the need of the young during this period to find their identity by guiding them through the rites of passage.

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