Ageing, Spirituality and Well-Being

Author(s): Albert Jewell

Ageing Well

How can we promote the enduring well-being of those who are moving into the "fourth" age of life? This volume explores how well-being is not about physical health alone (having purpose in life and continual spiritual growth are vital elements for older people) and it guides as to how the particular spiritual needs of this age group can be addressed, and how meaningful care and support can be given. The contributors use their expertise in the fields of medicine, theology and the social sciences to explore ways of overcoming obstacles and finding a balance when dealing with the inner, and inextricably linked outer, lives of elders, including those with dementia or who have had strokes.


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'This Collection of essays on the spiritual well-being of older people has something to offer believers and non-believers alike... All the contributors ponder the application of spirituality, either as a part of formal religion or not, to the lives of older people, and conclude that this area of care is fundamental to positive living in the fourth age of life...the essays are a thought-provoking and insightful contribution to the4 provision of hostilic care in old age. -Community Care 'This is an interesting and worthwhile book. The writings come from people of disparate professions and experiences and from several continents. We all have a great deal to learn of and from each other's traditions. I hope it will be read and used widely by church groups as well as professionals 'living off the 'geriatric burden''. There is wonderful material here to help us make something of our awareness that there is more to life than individual material well-being.' -Dementia Plus Website

A Methodist minister for more than 40 years, Albert Jewell was pastoral director and senior chaplain with MHA Care Group, 1994-2001. During that time he co-ordinated the work of the Sir Halley Stewart Age Awareness Project and established MHA's centre for the spirituality of ageing in Leeds. He is the editor of Spirituality and Ageing (1999), also available from Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and is currently researching how people cope with the transition from the 'third' to the 'fourth' ages of life.

Preface, Albert Jewell, former Pastoral Director, MHA Care Group, Derby. 1. Nourishing the Inner Being: A Spirituality Model, Albert Jewell. 2. The Stars Only Shine in the Night: The Challenge of Creative Ageing, Malcolm Goldsmith, former Research Fellow, University of Stirling. 3. Successful Ageing and the Spiritual Journey, Harriet Mowat, Aberdeen University. 4. The Caged Bird: Thoughts on the Challenge of Living with Stroke, Penelope Wilcock, Methodist Minister. 5. The Spiritual Dimension of Ageing, Elizabeth MacKinlay, University of Canberra. 6. Ageing and the Trinity: Holey, Wholly, Holy? Rosalie Hudson, University of Melbourne. 7. Older People and Institutionalised Religion: Spiritual Questioning in Later Life, Peter G. Coleman, University of Southampton. 8. The Search for Meaning of Life in Older Age, Leo Missinne, University of Nebraska. 9. The Dance of Life: Spirituality, Ageing and Human Flourishing, Ursula King, Professor Emerita, University of Bristol. 10. Magic Mirrors: What People with Dementia Show Us about Ourselves, John Killick, University of Stirling. 11. Hearing the Story: Spiritual Challenges for the Ageing in an Acute Mental Health Unit, Deborah Dunn, Chaplain, Western Australia. 12. Ageing, Spirituality and Well-Being: Eastern Perspectives and Implications for the West, Krishna Mohan, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. 13. Ageist Theology: Some Pickwickian Prolegomena, Kevin Barnard, Vicar of Bolsterstone, Diocese of Sheffield. 14. Geriatric Burden or Elderly Blessing? David Jenkins, former Bishop of Durham. References. Index.

General Fields

  • : 9781843101673
  • : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • : September 2003
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Albert Jewell
  • : Paperback
  • : illustrated edition
  • : 204.0846
  • : 224
  • : references, index