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.

Lessons for Building Spiritual Resilience and Epilogue

Lessons for Building Spiritual Resilience and Epilogue

Addressed in this final chapter are metaphors for the aging experience and for mental health practice with older people. Resilience and the ability of symbols to translate and address spiritual needs are provided. This chapter closes with an Epilogue that provides recommendations and illuminations for therapists.

Section 1: Lessons for Building Resilience

Resilience: The Hero’s Journey

In the excerpt from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “Ulysses” above, the heroic structure of life is called forth through its particular articulation of aging. Much is required to attain an older age, but still, much remains. Acknowledging the ...

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