Both implicit and existential meaning are important constructs in fully understanding human experience. The editors of this volume present a forum for an array of viewpoints and recent research that address the notion of optimal human growth.

Religion and Meaning in Late Life

Religion and meaning in late life
Susan H.McFadden

In a time when biomedical and consumerist ideals about long life occupy the attention of researchers, practitioners, and aging persons themselves, questions about late life meaning often become as marginalized as the old people whose lives contradict those ideals. The “meaning questions” may only surface in times of illness or loss and when they do, old people and those who love and care for them may be ill-equipped to formulate these questions, much less find answers to them. Moreover, it is not only the old and their caregivers who confront the existential dilemmas wrought by long life; they arise among the great mass of middle-aged “baby boomers” forced to examine these daunting questions ...

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