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By Albert Jewell, Malcolm Goldsmith, Rosalie Hudson, Elizabeth MacKinlay

This e-book brings jointly plenary addresses and different papers initially current on the moment foreign convention on ageing, Spirituality and health and wellbeing (2002, Durham college) The contributions are compassionate, hot and humane. The e-book is usually insightful, often brilliant, and will, with out hesitation, be advised as an introductory textual content to undergraduate nurses who desire to pursue these subject matters so ably captured through the identify' - Nursing Philosophy 2007 'This is a well timed e-book, showing while these within the clinical career are starting to settle for that the non secular and non secular wishes of individuals, and specifically older humans, are vital matters which need to be thought of while assessing the standard of lifetime of a sufferer' - Signpost 'I loved studying this e-book, with its wealthy explorations and insights into spirituality in later existence . . . It brings jointly the perspectives of a few of the main renowned lecturers, theologians and doctors operating during this zone . . . This booklet is fantastically edited, with an plentiful creation, biographies of every of the presenters and sufficient interpreting references to fill not less than a piece of a library. Jewell says he hopes it will likely be a valuable contribution to the continued dialogue of spirituality and overall healthiness, and during this he definitely succeeds. there are lots of snapshots of the lifestyles tales of older humans scattered during the e-book. i'll finish with the remark of a girl with dementia to her occupational therapist after an artwork task: "We were on an excellent trip, you and that i. What enjoyable we've got had, guffawing and making a song. retaining a rainbow in our arms" - magazine of Dementia Care, July/August 2005 'It can be required examining for each pastor, carer, customer, friend' - The Expository instances 'We are instructed that we are living in a society the place getting older is usually seen as a humiliation, anguish and death a meaningless adventure and

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Working in a parish I spent a great deal of time visiting elderly people. Many of them now lived alone because their husband or wife had died. Very often I had never known their partner; I knew them only as a single unit. I always took great pleasure in encouraging them to tell me about their husband or wife and to share with me some of the stories and incidents which had combined to make them the people that they now were. I wanted to know about them as young people: what were the things that set 34 AGEING, SPIRITUALITY AND WELL-BEING them alight, what were they passionate about, what had they done, where had they been.

She can’t go out. She can’t see. She has increasing urinary problems that alarm her and at the moment she deals with them herself rather than declare them. She has little money. Her neighbours are very kind and she has many visitors. She has a care manager whom she pays and who does a variety of tasks for her including her correspondence. She fears being ‘taken away’ into residential care. She resists being admitted into hospital and these fears make her even less mobile. Her surroundings are not very clean.

Has personal spirituality become confused with a rise in the interest and supremacy of the individual? Is there a confusion between the now familiar assertion of the rights of the individual in society and the search for self in relationship with a higher being? Individualism, which began its 46 AGEING, SPIRITUALITY AND WELL-BEING modern journey with the Renaissance, has now become embedded in our everyday understandings and assumptions of what it is to be human. The general principle is that the individual has supremacy over the collective.

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