Ageing, Spirituality and Well-being by Jewell A. (ed.)

By Jewell A. (ed.)

Growing old, Spirituality and future health explores how healthiness isn't approximately actual health and wellbeing by myself; having objective in existence and continuous non secular development are important components for older members. This ebook offers counsel on how the actual non secular wishes of this age team should be outlined and addressed, and the way significant care and help will be given.

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In this theory success is understood to be in terms of the degree of smoothness of the handing over of power from one generation to the next. • There are psychological theories or models, in particular Erikson and Erikson (1982) who developed the idea that people move through psychological stages and that these are important to their journey of self. The later stages are related to reconciliation. Antonovsky (1987) also pursued the idea of sense of coherence as being a state of spirit that allowed one to feel content and to understand one’s meaning in the world.

My ministry has been immeasurably enriched by the elderly people I have been alongside. We need to find ways of encouraging people to share their memories. We need to develop the skills which can unlock these treasures (Viney 1993). One Pentecost we festooned our church with hundreds of balloons. As people came into the building you could see them stop with surprise. One man arriving early quite clearly felt that he couldn’t manage such a change in his regular routine. He paused and was about to return home, but to his great credit he took a big breath and continued in through the door.

There is an increasing interest in health and 44 AGEING, SPIRITUALITY AND WELL-BEING spirituality, demonstrated in part by recent articles in the fields of psychiatry (Culliford 2002), medicine (Walsh et al. 2002), general practice (Greenhalgh 2002) and nursing (McSherry 2001). The inclusion of the topic of spirituality at conferences within all these fields is now more acceptable and in some cases expected. The British Society of Gerontology ran an entire strand on spirituality in 2001 and the Gerontological Society of America has an active and growing ageing, religion and spirituality theme and associated committee structure.

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