By Elizabeth MacKinlay, Dr. Richard Burns
What provides a frail and remoted or institutionalised older individual their feel of wholeness and self? What makes later existence significant? This transparent and useful textual content provides much-needed assistance for overall healthiness and social care practitioners, in addition to for non secular execs, trying to establish and meet the non secular wishes of older humans of their being concerned function. Drawing on in-depth interviews with older humans, Elizabeth MacKinlay, an skilled nurse and chaplain, develops an figuring out of spirituality that permits the reader to discover the religious measurement of aging and to benefit the way it contributes to health and health and wellbeing in later lifestyles. This available and encouraging booklet might be an invaluable textual content for college kids, running shoes and lecturers, coverage makers and practitioners in future health and social care, in addition to non secular pros, in sanatorium, residential and different worrying settings.
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Perhaps now, with our increased longevity, it is necessary to reconsider just where those middle years are within the lifespan. Perhaps the 30 to 50 years grouping of the late 1960s should give way to a 40 to 60, perhaps 65, years now, keeping in mind of course that chronological age is increasingly irrelevant as people grow older. RELIGION, FAITH AND SPIRITUALITY / 55 Erikson’s psychosocial stages of ageing Erikson has marked the psychosocial developmental stage of the elderly person as that of integrity versus despair (Erikson et al.
Oser, like Fowler, acknowledges that the person’s religious structure develops through life. It is noted though that this definition of ‘religion’ is not as inclusive as that of ‘faith’ developed by Fowler in his work. 60) wrote that religion is not concerned basically with disembodied appearances of reality, or abstract matters, or the givenness of reality, or the political situation: ‘It is concerned with the Ultimate on which reality rests’. And, Greeley writes, by answering the most basic questions that humans can ask, religion can provide an interpretation and shape with which to approach daily life.
The search for spiritual wholeness is a life-long search for each human. Each person has to find wholeness in their own way, some may even fail to find wholeness by the end of their lives. It is contended that health is a complex RELIGION, FAITH AND SPIRITUALITY / 53 interaction between biophysiological, psychosocial and spiritual dimensions of the human being. During recent years a great deal of research has focused on the psychosocial dimension of humans, considering personal interactions, personality and the psychosocial needs of humans.
The Spiritual Dimension of Ageing by Elizabeth MacKinlay, Dr. Richard Burns