By Albert Jewell, Malcolm Goldsmith, Rosalie Hudson, Elizabeth MacKinlay
This booklet brings jointly plenary addresses and different papers initially current on the moment overseas convention on growing old, Spirituality and wellbeing and fitness (2002, Durham collage) The contributions are compassionate, hot and humane. The publication is frequently insightful, usually dazzling, and will, with out hesitation, be instructed as an introductory textual content to undergraduate nurses who desire to pursue these issues so ably captured via the name' - Nursing Philosophy 2007 'This is a well timed e-book, showing whilst these within the clinical career are starting to settle for that the religious and spiritual wishes of individuals, and particularly older humans, are vital matters which need to be thought of whilst assessing the standard of lifetime of a sufferer' - Signpost 'I loved examining this publication, with its wealthy explorations and insights into spirituality in later lifestyles . . . It brings jointly the perspectives of a few of the main renowned lecturers, theologians and doctors operating during this zone . . . This ebook is fantastically edited, with an plentiful advent, biographies of every of the presenters and adequate studying references to fill a minimum of a piece of a library. Jewell says he hopes it will likely be a beneficial contribution to the continuing dialogue of spirituality and health, and during this he definitely succeeds. there are numerous snapshots of the lifestyles tales of older humans scattered during the publication. i'll finish with the remark of a girl with dementia to her occupational therapist after an artwork job: "We were on a superb trip, you and that i. What enjoyable we've had, giggling and making a song. maintaining a rainbow in our palms" - magazine of Dementia Care, July/August 2005 'It can be required studying for each pastor, carer, customer, loved one' - The Expository instances 'We are instructed that we are living in a society the place growing older is frequently considered as a humiliation, discomfort and demise a meaningless adventure and
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Sometimes people cannot really be at peace until they have been able to resolve issues that were not dealt with at the time. It can require a particularly skilled person to be able to accompany someone as they address these things. But there is still a great deal that an empathetic companion can do. Allowing people to voice their fears and anxieties, without passing any sort of judgement and without offering soft options and pious platitudes, can be a valuable resource to offer. Sharing someone’s silence or accepting their tears may be more helpful than words and attempts at ‘solutions’.
As we become less interested in community and ‘society’ (Peck 1990) and more interested in ‘ourselves’, so we lose one of our core meanings – that of community building. This prompts a series of existential questions about meaning, place and purpose of self. There are clearly problems of definition of spirituality (Graber and Johnson 2001; Moberg 2001). We have to decide what we mean by spirituality as individuals, academics and health-care professionals. This is a complex area. If there is to be serious research and practice around spirituality and its relationship to ageing well, there must be an understanding of what is meant by spirituality.
Achieving contentment, satisfaction and awareness of love and of one’s own worth and acceptance is also not part of the western mindset. But these are the achievements that will last, mould and shape us and provide us with rich resources as we grow older. There is a richness of friendship which is of equal value to richness of goods and possessions – some would say of greater value. As we grow older we shall call upon these resources more and more and we shall probably also have opportunities to replenish them.
Ageing, spirituality, and well-being by Albert Jewell, Malcolm Goldsmith, Rosalie Hudson, Elizabeth MacKinlay