Gerontology

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

By Jewell A. (ed.)

Growing old, Spirituality and health explores how future health isn't approximately actual health and wellbeing by myself; having function in existence and continuous religious progress are important parts for older participants. This ebook presents information on how the actual religious wishes of this age crew will be outlined and addressed, and the way significant care and help should be given.

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Angus and Josephine Let us consider briefly Angus and Josephine in the context of these models. Angus is a fit 82-year-old. He drives a comfortable car. He is well off in relative terms and can afford cruises and holidays. He plays golf three times a week with friends of his own age. He attends his local church regularly and is an active member of the congregation. He has a big garden which he enjoys and he is very sociable. He is always ready for a party. The local community in which he lives is very supportive of him and he has numerous old and established friends with whom he spends his time.

At the moment neither is noisy and neither is a nuisance. Pursuing the idea that the current understanding of successful ageing is dangerously close to being ageing that doesn’t become a nuisance to 56 AGEING, SPIRITUALITY AND WELL-BEING others, what might be said of Angus when he finds he is unable to rouse himself from his depressions? His chosen lifestyle will not tolerate withdrawal of stimuli. If the situation with neighbours and friends changes he may find himself in difficulties. Josephine’s chosen lifestyle will put her increasingly ‘at risk’.

I want to say something along the lines of ‘how fortunate you are’ because elderly people bring rich resources of experience, faith and time to the community. In a busy world, as a society which values speed becomes ever more complex and which places great demands on adults and their families, to have space and time is a wonderful gift. Elderly people have time to reflect and time to pray. We should never underestimate the contribution that they can make, even if they are housebound. They have time – a scarce commodity today.

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