Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging

Publisher: National Interfaith Coalition on Aging


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    ABSTRACT: We examined perceptions of longevity and successful aging in young-old (60 to 74 years), old-old (75 to 89 years), and oldest-old (90 + years) adults drawn from the Louisiana Healthy Aging Study (LHAS). Participants' responses to three open-ended questions that assessed their attributions for longevity, what they look forward to, and advice for younger persons today were compared. Content analyses yielded three emergent themes: maintaining physical, mental, and relational well-being; living a healthy life; and living a faithful life. Implications of these findings for current views on successful aging and insights for promoting a long and healthy life are considered.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 10/2013; 25(4).
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    ABSTRACT: Volunteer provision of spiritual care in an Ontario, Canada, long-term care home was the focus of a case study regarding resident spiritual care needs in a municipal environment that does not fund professional chaplains. Scope of practice issues, spiritual care skills in long-term care, and diversity sensitivity were identified as key areas for volunteer education. Volunteer training modules were designed using Theological Reflection as the theoretical framework for spiritual care provision. An innovative model for sustainable spiritual care provision in long-term care is proposed, which relies upon leadership from a professional chaplain (staff or volunteer).
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 07/2013; 25(3):216.
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    ABSTRACT: Limited research has explored the measurement of forgiveness among middle-aged and older wives. Recall of past trangressions can lead to "damaging ruminations" that jeopardize one's spiritual peace (Callaby, Coleman, & Mills, 2012) and emotional well-being, making forgiveness more important. This online study examined the utility of the Enright Forgiveness Inventory (EFI) (Subkoviak et al., 1995) within a sample of 67 women. Participants completed the EFI, measures of religious coping, depression, anger, anxiety, and marital satisfaction. The EFI demonstrated sound psychometric properties. Forgiveness scores were inversely related to all constructs except religious coping, with which there was no significant relationship. Implications for future research are discussed.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 01/2013; 25:344-357.
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    ABSTRACT: Aspects of religiosity/spirituality are important to health and quality of life of cancer patients. The three components of religiosity of the Duke Religiosity Scale: organizational (religious affiliation and attendance); non-organizational (prayer, meditation, and private study); and intrinsic religiosity (identification with a higher power and integration of spiritual belief into daily life) are used to determine whether religiosity was associated with physical and/or mental functioning among older cancer survivors of the UAB Study of Aging. Church attendance was independently associated with lower ADL and IADL difficulty and fewer depressive symptoms, while intrinsic religiosity was independently associated with lower depression scores.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 01/2013; 25(4):311-325.
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    ABSTRACT: Numerous references are made in the literature to communities of faith, yet there have been relatively few efforts to measure them empirically. The purpose of this study is to address this gap in the literature by estimating a higher-order confirmatory factor model that consists of two tiers. Seven dimensions of church-based social support make up the first tier: emotional support received from rank-and-file church members, emotional support given to fellow church members, tangible support received from rank-and-file church members, tangible support given to fellow congregants, spiritual support received from fellow church members, emotional support received from a pastor, and tangible support received from a pastor. It is hypothesized that these first-order constructs are driven by a higher-order latent variable that denotes a community of faith. Data from a nationwide survey reveal that, for the sample taken as a whole, emotional support represents the way in which a community of faith is most likely to be manifest while tangible support is a less critical component. Moreover, the results indicate that a community of faith is more likely to reside in support exchanged among rank-and-file church members than support received from a pastor.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 01/2013; 25(3):258-276.
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    ABSTRACT: Research suggests that spirituality is important to a large percentage of the older adult population. Against the backdrop of a dramatic increase in the number of individuals living longer, particularly older women, it is vital that researchers explore the intersection of spirituality, gender, and aging. In this qualitative study of 16 women aged 82 and older, I explore using in-depth interviews experiences of spirituality over the lifecourse. A narrative analysis of the interviews was performed and provided insights into the nature of their spiritual experiences. The results are presented as an interpretation of the participants' perceptions of their spirituality and spiritual experiences. Additionally, a narrative analysis is used for the interpretation of the difficulty in describing these experiences and the opportunities and challenges the term "spirituality" provides for older adults and researchers. Five types of narratives that emerged from data are discussed. These common narratives include the narrative of: conflation, continuity, confidence, connection, and caring. Implications for understanding spirituality and the role it plays in the lives of older adults are considered.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 07/2012; 24(3):179-201.
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    ABSTRACT: Clinical Pastoral Education in a geriatric setting enhances seminarians' classroom education and prepares them for pastoral care with the growing numbers of elders they will serve in congregational, health care, and residential settings. Strengths of a geriatric setting for CPE include demographic congruence with most ministry settings, breaking stereotypes of aging, longevity of pastoral relationships, opportunities for multifaceted care, decreasing fear of dementia, learning from care recipients, caring for multiple generations of a family, learning about the importance of context to pastoral care, exposure to systems, end-of-life decision making, learning about a good death, and profound clinical theological reflection. Several downsides of geriatric settings are also described.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 01/2011; Spirituality & Aging(Vol. 23):128-138.
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    ABSTRACT: Embracing Aging was an initiative of Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). Given the unavoidable reality that aging individuals and their families will comprise a significant aspect of communities served by future rabbis, this project sought to create a fresh approach to aging education within the seminary setting. Inspired by the Gero-Rich social work education of the John Hartford Foundation and the Council for Social Work Education, Embracing Aging infused aging across the formal and informal learning settings at RRC so that all of our students would be equipped to teach, inspire, and accompany Jews in later life. Special effort was addressed to education and engagement of faculty members at the intersection of aging and the rabbinate, and aging content into their core courses. This article outlines the Embracing Aging approach, its successes and limitations, and offers suggestions for other seminaries that seek to prepare future clergy to creatively serve and engage those in later life.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 01/2011; Spirituality & Aging(Vol. 23):114-127.
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    ABSTRACT: In this article, we consider the intersection of religious coping and the experience of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in a lifespan sample of adults living in South Louisiana during the 2005 storms. Participants were young, middle-age, older, and oldest-old adults who were interviewed during the post-disaster recovery period. Qualitative analyses confirmed that three dimensions of religion were represented across participants' responses. These dimensions included: 1) faith community, in relation to the significant relief effort and involvement of area churches; 2) religious practices, in the sense of participants' behavioral responses to the storms, such as prayer; and c) spiritual beliefs, referring to faith as a mechanism underlying individual and family-level adjustment, acceptance and personal growth in the post-disaster period. Implications for future disaster preparedness are considered.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 01/2011; 23(3):236-253.
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    ABSTRACT: We need to find ways of celebrating the elderly in America through support and advocacy of older adults by our religious communities. This can only happen if seminaries educate future clergy how to minister with them and engage older adults in the life and work of congregations. This mandate is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition as well as in the other great world's religions. Shared themes include: •Inclusion. All are invited to sit at the table—black, white, yellow—poor, rich, male, female, young, old—we are all children ofGod and equal in God's sight.•Support and care. This theme is reflected in bearing one another'sburdens; we are responsible for one another.•Empowerment. Advocating for the rights of others, those who aremarginalized by challenges of age, gender, or economic circum-stances, and giving them the tools for empowerment.•Cultivation of virtues. Religion's emphasis on cultivating virtuousliving overflows into care of the elderly.Fighting ageism is not easy, but based on the dignity and worth of all people it is inherent in our theology, hense courses in older adult ministry should be part of our theological curriculum.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 01/2011; Spirituality & Aging(Vol. 23):77-91.
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    ABSTRACT: Qualitative data were gathered during a spiritually focused intervention with older women. Participants (n = 36) had experienced some combination of childhood sexual or physical abuse, emotional abuse, domestic violence, and/or sexual assault over their life span. The women described an array of positive spiritual coping strategies, including their persistent action to find God by transcending negative or “man-made” images of God given to them by their religious traditions. They reported persistence in their faith journeys despite spiritual struggles with God, clergy, and their church communities. These findings have implications for mental health practitioners and clergy who work with older women.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 01/2011; 23(4):318-337.
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    ABSTRACT: The emerging aging of the baby boom generation is creating expanded life challenges, as well as creative possibilities within congregations. This longevity revolution will place before clergy exciting opportunities to expand and revision how they and their communities provide faith-based support and meaning for this exciting and growing multi-generational cohort. New possibilities for ritual creation, community action, education, and interpersonal relationships are presenting themselves to clergy and religious institutions.
    Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging 01/2011; Spirituality & Aging(Vol. 23):5-17.

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