Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging

Publisher: National Interfaith Coalition on Aging, Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

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Website Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging website
Other titles Journal of religion, spirituality & aging, Journal of religion, spirituality and aging
ISSN 1552-8030
OCLC 56597293
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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    ABSTRACT: Background: Religiosity influences health and well-being. We assessed religiosity among U.S. Chinese older adults. Methods: Data were drawn from the PINE study based on 3,159 community-dwelling U.S. Chinese older adults aged 60+ in the greater Chicago area. Two items retrieved from Duke University Religion Index (DUREL) were used to assess the frequency of participating in religious activities, and a separate item was used to assess the importance of religion. Results: Overall, 35.4% of participants perceived religion to be important. This study correlated the higher frequency of participation in religious observances with older age groups of the sample, being female, having a higher income, being unmarried, longer duration of residency in the United States, and not having been born in Mainland China. Higher frequency of participating in organized religious services was correlated with better quality of life. Conclusions: Religion is important among U.S Chinese older adults. Future longitudinal research is needed to explore aging and religiosity.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 10/2015; 27(4):323-342. DOI:10.1080/15528030.2015.1065540
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    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 10/2015; 27(4):254-254. DOI:10.1080/15528030.2015.1100032
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    ABSTRACT: Object relations theory specifies that the nature of the relationship that individuals form with their primary caretaker serves as a prototype for the social relationships they develop in adulthood. Some investigators extend this perspective by arguing that social ties with caretakers also shape relationships with God. The purpose of this study is to empirically evaluate this extension. Data from a nationwide survey of older adults (N = 1,277) are used to evaluate a model that contains the following core relationships: (1) people who receive support from their primary caretakers will be more likely to attend worship services; (2) individuals who attend church frequently will be likely to develop a close relationship with God; (3) those who have a close relationship with God will be more hopeful about the future; and (4) people who are more hopeful will enjoy better health. The data provide support for each of these relationships.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 10/2015; 27(4):305-322. DOI:10.1080/15528030.2015.1060920

  • Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 08/2015; DOI:10.1080/15528030.2015.1047294

  • Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/15528030.2015.1047295

  • Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/15528030.2015.1046633

  • Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/15528030.2015.1046636

  • Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/15528030.2015.1046634
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    ABSTRACT: This article begins with a reflective journey with one person who was diagnosed with early onset dementia. It then turns to reflect on the subsequent journey of research with other people who have dementia and where they find meaning in life, through the process of spiritual reminiscence. The article views dementia through a theological lens that sees those who have dementia as people made in God’s image and the implications this has for the lives of those living with dementia and those who care for them. One of the important findings from research conducted in the small group process was that meaning was almost synonymous with relationship and connectedness for participants, just as it is for people who don’t have dementia.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/15528030.2015.1046632
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    ABSTRACT: Semi-structured interviews, conducted with dementia unit residents, family, and staff members provided a three-way perspective on the spirituality of residents. The issues covered included: what gives meaning to life, how difficulties are coped with and hope maintained. Themes identified were: “the importance of relationships,” “the retention of identity,” and “the progression of dementia.” These themes are interdependent with relationships being important both in giving meaning in themselves and in assisting with the maintenance of identity, especially as cognitive function deteriorated. An identifiable and relating person remains despite dementia. Provided appropriate assistance, the person with advanced dementia is able to value and engage in spiritual practices that provide ongoing meaning at times of great uncertainty and difficulty.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 07/2015; 27(4):1-18. DOI:10.1080/15528030.2015.1037532
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    ABSTRACT: A variety of themes are explored as the basis for developing a contextual theology of dementia. These include impairment, loss, dislocation, isolation, decline, and death. These themes represent immanent human concerns with various kinds of experiences of “self-emptying.” It is suggested that dementia presents a kind of “malaise of immanence,” within which there is progressive inability to focus on abstract transcendent concerns, and increasing preoccupation with the immediate immanent context. A contextual theology of dementia that exaggerates the importance of the immanent frame is likely to emphasize, and draw to our attention, concern about such things within that frame as cognitive decline, dependence upon others for care, and loss of hope. However, a Christological perspective is offered within which it is acknowledged that such places of self-emptying are also places of transcendent encounter, and that in Christ we may understand the participation of God in the darkest moments of human experience.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/15528030.2015.1046631
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    ABSTRACT: Since the late 1960s demographic data have decreased for the number of functioning Catholic priests in the United States. These demographic trends portray the average American Catholic priest in 1970 to be 35 years old, whereas the mean age of the U.S. Catholic priest in 2009 was 63. With fewer priests in ministry and most middle aged or older, this study investigated priests’ perceptions of success and failure in their lives. Overall, these priests measured success by the history of their ministry, the quality of their spiritual lives, and the friendships in which they have invested.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 07/2015; 27(4):1-17. DOI:10.1080/15528030.2015.1046630
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    ABSTRACT: Christian theology concerns the practical, contextual realities of life in the church and the world. What does this mean for a person with dementia? While much dementia care focuses on deficits, this article promotes a different starting point: God’s faithfulness rather than our forgetfulness. Using case studies from residential aged care, opportunities for meaningful pastoral care are explored, inviting us to see in the person with dementia a deep connection with ourselves. Drawn from a theological understanding of God as three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—“person-centered care” invites us into relationships of mutuality and reciprocity not dependent on words. Pastoral care of families is manifest through personal relationships where all aspects of dementia, including death and dying, can be discussed openly. Grounded in God’s faithfulness, the first and final word is love. Hope lies in the belief that we have already been found. We are blessed by the grace of God, called into community where the insightful and the forgetful flourish together.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/15528030.2015.1041669

  • Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 07/2015; 27(2-3):88-92. DOI:10.1080/15528030.2015.1020152
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    ABSTRACT: Old age sometimes brings loss of faith or renewed faith. In the case of three giants of European culture—Milton, Kierkegaard, Tolstoy—it brought both: They turned against institutional religion, but in the name of God and Bible. Brief outlines indicate how they reach this position. They differed crucially on who was Jesus and on what is the Bible. They agree, however, that the Church downplays the difficulty of being a Christian, seeks power, allies itself with the state, splinters easily, and resorts to widespread mendacity, especially on the importance of ritual and on the relevance of a priestly class. Bearing witness to a true piety in a world of allegedly shallow or fake Christianity, these three men are in the line of the Hebrew prophets and of Jesus, and, like them, are engaged in a task that sometimes seems more Sisyphean than Herculean.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 06/2015; DOI:10.1080/15528030.2014.999185
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    ABSTRACT: We examined the concepts of aging, time, spirituality, and future care needs in four randomly selected informants from a group of 54 never-married childless older women. Using data from the Generativity and Lifestyles of Older Women (GLOW) study, we questioned how women’s perceptions of these concepts came together in current older age. We employed cultural theory, (our theoretical framework), ethnography, (our methodological framework), and phenomenology, (our philosophical foundation) to produce a portrait of each woman interviewed. Through a three-session interview process, we elicited the women’s life stories, reasons for childlessness, and topics that emerged as significant to the women, including aging, a sense of time remaining, and spirituality. A key finding was that the context of each woman’s life, both biographical and historical, transpired as a foundation for these concepts. That is, a woman’s “place in time” shaped their experiences of aging, as well as her reasons for childlessness and perceptions of finitude.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 06/2015; 27(2-3):1-21. DOI:10.1080/15528030.2014.1003274
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    ABSTRACT: I look at dementia from an eschatological perspective through personal experience as I supported my husband through his journey into Alzheimer’s disease. Building on the notion of a monastic garden, I draw from the contemplatives to understand my own “kairos” moment that changed my perspective on the way church and other providers offer care. Comparing the church to a garden, I argue that people with dementia are priest-bearing sacraments in whose faces God is seen. Looking into the faces of those with dementia, these priests shepherd us to recognize our illusions about life calling us to greater humility.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 06/2015; DOI:10.1080/15528030.2015.1028696
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to examine differences in self-reported dispositional forgiveness types among older male prison inmates who experienced parental separation/divorce earlier in life. Participants included a sample of N = 261 incarcerated men, aged 45 and older, residing in state-managed prisons in Oklahoma. IBM/SPSS 22.0 was used to examine mean differences across forgiveness of self, situation, and others. Significant mean differences were evident only for forgiveness of situation. In particular, significant differences emerged relative to depressive affect F (1, 192) = 19.90, p < .001, and social support F (1, 192) = 18.64, p < .001. After controlling for age, race, religiosity, depression, social support, perceived health, crime type, and parental separation/divorce, one significant interaction (crime type X parental separation/divorce) emerged, F (1, 192) = 4.42, p < .05. It appears that the disposition to forgive the situation among older prison inmates depends on criminal offender type as well as whether the older inmate experienced parental dissolution earlier in life. Implications for pastoral counseling programing and forgiveness therapy treatment for older male prison inmates who experienced parental separation/divorce earlier in life are discussed.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 06/2015; 27(2-3):1-17. DOI:10.1080/15528030.2015.1018659
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    ABSTRACT: Many families face difficulties in maintaining healthy relationships. Past research has identified that religious and/or spiritual beliefs and practices can enhance family well-being. Research has also shown that religious and/or beliefs and practices can shape the aging process. Yet there exists little information on the methods through which religious and/or spiritual beliefs are passed on to future generations. This study utilized Eriksonian conceptual ideas, and grounded theory methods to conduct interviews with 13 older adults on the process through which religious and/or spiritual beliefs are passed on to children and grandchildren. Ideas are discussed for practitioners based on study findings.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 06/2015; 27(2-3):1-18. DOI:10.1080/15528030.2015.1007544