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Aging and Spirituality: Spiritual Dimensions of Aging Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy [Paperback]

By David O. Moberg (Editor) & James W. Ellor (Foreword by)
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Explore the spiritual dimensions of aging through science, theory, and practice During the later years of life, many people devote energy to a process of spiritual awakening and self-discovery. Yet their family, friends, clergy, and the helping professionals who work with them are not always prepared to understand or deal with the spiritual concerns of their clients. Aging and Spirituality provides a unique, far-reaching overview of this long-neglected field.Divided into four independent but interwoven sections, this landmark book covers the spiritual realm with scientific rigor and deep human understanding. Aging and Spirituality comprehensively surveys the issues of spirituality, from the groundwork of basic definitions to detailed assessments of the role spirituality plays in the lives of the elderly and suggested directions for further research. This book's unique approach combines scholarly research and practical nuts-and-bolts suggestions for service delivery. By drawing from many disciplines and professions, it offers fresh perspectives to even those practitioners already familiar with the most effective spiritual techniques their own field can offer. Aging and Spirituality answers such common questions as: What are the spiritual needs of people later in life? Is there any solid evidence that prayer changes things? How is spirituality related to physical and mental health? Does spirituality matter when people know they are dying? How can we measure spiritual wellness and assess the outcomes of activities intended to enhance it? Will attention to spirituality aggravate or alleviate the losses--of friends, family, health, youth--that so often occur during old age?Aging and Spirituality provides a much-needed resource for health care professionals, clergy, social workers, and counselors working with geriatric clients. By integrating spiritual issues into the theoretical framework of social gerontology, Aging and Spirituality will help you understand the scientific foundations, practical applications, and public policy implications of spirituality for older adults.

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  • Library Journal - 11/15/2000 page 33

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Routledge
Pages   249
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.99" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 17, 2001
Publisher   Routledge
ISBN  0789009390  
ISBN13  9780789009395  

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More About David O. Moberg & James W. Ellor

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Moberg is Sociology Professor Emeritus at Marquette University, where he has taught a broad range of courses, including sociology of religion, social gerontology, and religion and aging.

David O. Moberg currently resides in the state of Wisconsin.

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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Aging > General
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Aging
3Books > Subjects > Medicine > Specialties > Geriatrics
4Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Gerontology
5Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > General
6Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology
7Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Aging Parents > Aging
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spirituality, aging and scientific research  Nov 3, 2006
Excelent for the investigation and understanding of the subject matter from the standpoint of the spiritual-religious realm as well as from the the scientific research. Sound theorical, scientific and practical approach to the themes of spirituality and the elderly people, with the sociological-political and caring implications, very relevant for the reality of an aging population with extended longevity (to be increased with the baby-boomers). Also relevant in a postmodern era of spiritual awakening.
An Overview of the Topic that Fosters More Inquiry  May 1, 2005
Aging and Spirituality is an edited book and some chapters are stronger than others because there are various authors. The chapters can and do stand alone, so this book can easily be used as a reference by many different practitioners. As an editor Moberg does a good job making sure that each chapter is written coherently and the material has an internal integrity. As a pastor, I found the scholarship to be of high caliber and those scholars who quoted scripture did so with a level of knowledge that provided fuel to the discussion and maintained the integrity of the scriptural context.

The Editor in Chief of Haworth Pastoral Press states in the Foreword that the text is written from an interfaith perspective. On one level this is true but on another level this statement is a gross understatement. The reason that this may be a gross understatement is twofold. 1) there is a very limited amount of work in the field of aging and spirituality that is not done from a Christian or Judeo-Christian perspective and 2) interfaith is more than just the mere mention of another religious tradition different than the dominant tradition of the author. Interfaith work is new in and of itself in the ecumenical movement so the addition of an interfaith perspective to an emerging field is not to be expected and is not present at the level that the series editor implies. There are some chapters and elements in this book that touch on interfaith issues, but not at the depth to call itself an interfaith text.

This book provided this student with a good window into the research that has been conducted in the area of spirituality and aging. I found it especially helpful that this book was not exclusively focused on health care, which is where most of the work in the area of spirituality and aging has been conducted. The greatest contribution that this book makes to the field of gerontology is the breadth and depth of the material presented that should encourage and foster future inquiry. The stand alone chapters can be used by individual practitioners and taken together the book summarizes what has been done and points future scholars to what needs to be done in the future. It cannot be noted strongly enough that this book combines theory, research, practice issues, and even policy history and recommendations. This book offers professionals in aging a little bit of everything with regards to aging and spirituality and is a good basic resource for this reason. If think this book is an excellent primer or baseline text on the topic of Aging and Spirituality and plan to recommend it to others.

A common theme throughout the books is the importance of spiritual well-being and the complexities involved with defining that, researching it, and providing good spiritual care to elders. The editor and authors of each chapter present their findings in easily accessible ways and provide the reader with places to go for more information. In this manner this book is an excellent research tool for those interested in the topic of spirituality and aging.

I would recommend this book to anyone, pastor, social worker, physician, nurse, or scholar, who is looking for a detailed overview on the research that has been conducted in the field of aging.

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