From the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Science, the latest issue of Insights is dedicated to spirituality and its relation to ageing and health care.
Topics include: what is spirituality; spirituality as separate from religion; spiritual care in health and social policy; the research about spirituality, health and ageing; and the practice of spiritual care for older people.
Key Points from the issue:
· There is disagreement and discussion about the definition of spirituality.
· Ageing is a journey which includes a spiritual dimension.
· The spiritual dimension focuses on meaning of life, hope and purpose, explored through relationships with others, with the natural world and with the transcendent.
· The evidence base suggests that genuine and intentional accompaniment of people on their ageing journey; giving time, presence and listening are the core of good spiritual practice.
· Reminiscence, life story, creative activities and meaningful rituals all help the process of coming to terms with ageing and change.
To see the full report, please access it here
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