Ageing, Disability and Spirituality: Addressing the Challenge of Disability in Later Life

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Elizabeth MacKinlay
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2008 M02 15 - 272 pages

This collection examines theological and ethical issues of ageing, disability and spirituality, with an emphasis on how ageing affects people who have mental health and developmental disabilities.

The book presents ways of moving towards more effective relationships between carers and older people with disabilities; ways in which to connect compassionately and beneficially with the person's spiritual dimension. The contributors highlight the importance of recognizing the personhood of all people regardless of age and of disability, whatever form it takes. They identify factors inherent in personhood and provide ways of affirming and promoting spiritual well-being for older people with disabilities.

Valuable reading for practitioners in aged care, healthcare, chaplaincy, social and pastoral care, and diversional therapists, this book will also be of interest to older people, their families and friends.

 

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Contents

Ageing Disability and Spirituality
11
Theological Reflections on God Personhood and Dementia
22
Chapter 3 Ethics Ageing and Disability
36
Disabilities Spirituality and Pastoral Responses
45
A Perspective from the Experience of LArche
57
A Narrative of Ageing Loss and Exclusion
72
Ethical and Theological Issues for Dementia Care
81
Exploring Disability and Spirituality
94
The Interplay of Faith and Depression in Later Life
163
The Potential for Choir Work to Reduce Depression and Meet Spiritual Needs
182
Chapter 15 Humour and Its Link to Meaning and Spirituality in War
200
Chapter 16 Pastoral Rituals Ageing and New Paths into Meaning
217
The Possibilities for Wellbeing and Care
233
REFERENCES
240
CONTRIBUTORS
258
SUBJECT INDEX
263

Jacobs Wrestling with the Unknown Genesis 32
106
Addressing the Challenge of Dementia in Later Life
118
A Journey Inwards to a Spiritual Self
134
Buddhist Perspectives for a Theology of Pastoral Care for the Ageing and Persons with Disabilities
145
AUTHOR INDEX
269
back cover
273
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About the author (2008)

Elizabeth MacKinlay is a registered nurse and an Anglican priest. She is Director of the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies at St Mark's National Theological Centre, Canberra, and a Professor in the School of Theology, Charles Sturt University. Elizabeth was Chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing in 2008 and is the ACT Senior Australian of the Year for 2009.

Christine Bryden has worked in the pharmaceutical industry and as a senior executive in the Australian Prime Minister's Department. Following her diagnosis with Alzheimer's Disease in 1995, she has been instrumental in setting up local support groups for people with dementia and has addressed national and international conferences. In 2003 she was the first person with dementia to be elected to the Board of Alzheimer's Disease International. Her first book Who will I be when I die? was published in 1998 and has been translated into several languages. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.

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