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Ageing and Spirituality across Faiths and Cultures

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Health and social care practitioners are increasingly called upon to provide care to elderly people from a number of different faiths and cultures. This collection of essays examines ageing in the context of the many faiths and cultures that make up Western society, and provides carers with the knowledge they need to deliver sensitive and appropriate care to people of all faiths.

Chapters are written by authoritative figures from each of the world's major faith groups about the beliefs and practices of their older people. Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist perspectives are covered, as well as those of ageing veterans and ageing religious sisters. Issues of appropriate care are also addressed, and the book includes recommendations for policy and practice.

This accessible and inspiring book will be a useful text for academics, policy makers and practitioners in health and social care, aged care workers, pastoral carers, chaplains and religious professionals, in hospital, residential and other care settings.
  • Published: Mar 15 2010
  • Pages: 272
  • 228 x 154mm
  • ISBN: 9781849050067
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Press Reviews

  • Signpost

    This is a book for our times, focusing on the concepts of ageing and dying, mediated through the cultural belief systems and spiritual practices that comprise today's multi faith, multi cultural societies... this book has much to teach us that is applicable in Britain, specifically the essay relating to "living and being in multi cultural communities" and the essay examining the delivery of high quality care within the multi cultural, multi faith context. It is important in delivering holistic care to clients, that we understand the broader context in which they are living, ageing and dying, and how their faith and belief systems influence their, and their care givers' attitudes to the care being provided. This is a book that can only aid the better provision of such holistic care.
  • Modern Believing

    `Elizabeth MacKinlay has established herself as a leading, innovative and well-organized voice in the challenge for both church and society to face the demographic reality of increased longevity...A wide-ranging book of seventeen chapters covers a number of issues and questions...Chapters not only engage with the various faiths and cultures, traditions and care practices, but also relate this to issues in death and dying, appropriate care, policy and standards of practice...This book is a useful stimulus to our thinking and action.`
  • Chia See Hong, Lecturer in OT

    This inspiring book which has a good balance of theory and practice will provide front line practitioners with the knowledge they need to deliver sensitive and appropriate care to older people of all belief systems.