1st Edition

Aging, Spirituality, and Pastoral Care
A Multi-National Perspective





ISBN 9780789016690
Published April 10, 2002 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

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

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Section 1. Ethical, Theological and Biblical Dimensions
  • Ethics and Ageing in the 21st Century
  • Beyond the Biomedical Paradigm: Generating a Spiritual Vision of Ageing
  • Outward Decay and Inward Renewal: A Biblical Perspective on Ageing and the Image of God
  • ‘Wholeness, Dignity and the Ageing Self’: A Conversation Between Philosophy and Theology
  • The Getting and Losing Wisdom
  • Section 2. Issues of Ageing and Pastoral Care
  • Ageing and Isolation: Is the Issue Social Isolation or Is It Lack of Meaning of Life?
  • Pastoral Support for Late-Life Sexuality
  • Understanding the Ageing Process: A Developmental Perspective of the Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions
  • Through a Glass Darkly: A Dialogue Between Dementia and Faith
  • When Words Are No Longer Necessary: The Gift of Ritual
  • The Spiritual Dimension of Caring: Applying a Model for Spiritual Tasks of Ageing
  • The Challenges and Opportunities of Faith Community (Parish) Nursing in an Ageing Society
  • Epilogue
  • Radical Discipleship for an Ageing Society
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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