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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 lifestyles, many of us commit power to a technique of religious awakening and self-discovery. but their family members, associates, clergy, and the supporting execs who paintings with them aren't constantly ready to appreciate or care for the religious matters in their consumers. getting older and Spirituality offers a different, far-reaching review of this long-neglected field.

Divided into 4 autonomous yet interwoven sections, this landmark booklet covers the non secular realm with clinical rigor and deep human realizing. getting older and Spirituality comprehensively surveys the problems of spirituality, from the foundation of easy definitions to particular checks of the position spirituality performs within the lives of the aged and advised instructions for additional learn. This book's special approach combines scholarly learn and functional nuts-and-bolts feedback for carrier supply. by way of drawing from many disciplines and professions, it deals clean views to even these practitioners already accustomed to the simplest non secular thoughts their very own box can supply.

Aging and Spirituality solutions such universal questions as:

  • What are the non secular wishes of individuals later in existence?
  • Is there any stable facts that prayer adjustments issues?
  • How is spirituality concerning actual and psychological future health?
  • Does spirituality topic whilst humans recognize they're demise?
  • How will we degree non secular wellbeing and verify the results of actions meant to reinforce it?
  • Will consciousness to spirituality irritate or alleviate the losses--of neighbors, kin, wellbeing and fitness, youth--that so usually take place in the course of outdated age?

Aging and Spirituality offers a much-needed source for future health care execs, clergy, social staff, and counselors operating with geriatric consumers. via integrating non secular concerns into the theoretical framework of social gerontology, getting older and Spirituality may help you know the clinical foundations, functional purposes, and public coverage implications of spirituality for older adults.

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Similar findings have emerged repeatedly from social scientific studies of religion. , "gentiles" kept out of Mormon temples), and the halo effect when persons investigated reveal themselves in a more favorable religious light than is true of their actual beliefs and conduct (professed ideals versus actual attitudes and behavior); and (7) there are many ways to interpret and report research findings. As a result, the same data may be used both in an argument favoring a specific generalization or religious group and in one opposing it.

Many describe the essential characteristics in religious terms like peace with God or faith in Jesus Christ. Others emphasize social relationships like helping others, having faith in people, being a participating member of a religious congregation or spiritual family, or living a moral and ethical life. Most believe that spirituality gives meaning to life, aids in decision making, and is a necessary component of health through faith in oneself, in life after death, in a supreme being, or even in the goodness of all people.

The program group received all interventions, except mentors. 2. The mentor group received all interventions, including mentors. 3. The control group received no interventions at all. (Taylor and Dryfoos, 1998) The results indicated that the mentor group scored highest on measures of attitude toward school, attitude toward the future, and attitude toward elders. The mentor group had lower incidents of substance use as well. The research also examined the difference between having highly involved mentors (six hours or more per week) and less involved mentors.

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