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The challenges of aging, from midlife to end of life, involve far more than just shifting demographics. In a socio-religious context, they involve the redefinition of individual and collective identity and self-worth. As many societies worldwide become increasingly older, the aging life cycle is emerging as a social imperative addressed, at least in part, by religious praxis. As people experience their inevitable progression from youthful exuberance to middle age, to aged frailty, their socially defined sense of belonging and perception of life's meaning change. Humans are confronted by mortality, and within their social systems, they are forced to process their conceptions of weakness, physical/mental deterioration, and death.

The issue of aging is different depending on the cultural and religious context. In areas of the world dominated ...

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