This highly integrative book helps students gain the knowledge and skills they need to assess, engage, and address the spiritual and religious needs of older adults. Taking a fresh approach that breaks new ground in the field, the author discusses eight major world religions and covers values and ethics, theories, interventions, health and caregiving, depression and anxiety, dementia, and the end of life. Meditations and exercises throughout the book allow readers to expand and explore their personal understanding of spirituality. Referencing the latest research, the book includes assessments and skill-based tools designed to help practitioners enhance the mental health of older people.
Chapter Eight: Spirituality, Religion, and Health
Spirituality, Religion, and Health
The begging bowl of the Buddha represents . . . the ultimate theological root of the belief not just in the right to beg, but in openness to the gifts of all beings as an expression of the interdependence of all beings. . . . The Christian spirit is one of compassion, of responsibility and of commitment. It cannot be indifferent to suffering.