Spiritual Resiliency In Older Women records the narratives of spiritually resilient older German and American women. The authors suggest how persons of all ages can gain maturity and spiritual coping by participating in communities based on faith, which acknowledge the emotion of spiritual experiences and integrate faith and close human relationships.

Implications for Gerontology

Implications for gerontology

Implications for Research on Successful Aging

From its beginning in 1955, the motto of the Gerontological Society of America has called for “adding life to years, not just more years to life.”1 As the narratives of the women in this book have shown, the spiritually resilient life is one that can certainly be lively and worthwhile. This research takes its place in the academy beside other studies emphasizing the human capacity for adaptive competence. Like theirs, its two primary emphases are positive: (a) the conviction that later years offer opportunities and challenges as well as problems and losses and (b) the belief that elders are best viewed as resources in families and communities rather than as problems to be solved.

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