Spiritual Care: Recognizing Spiritual Needs of Older Adults

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Abstract

This paper explores aspects of spiritual needs and assessment, while emphasizing the importance of aged care providers being spiritually self-aware. The context of this exploration is meaning in life, spirituality and quality of life as experienced by older adults. Depression and dementia are frequently seen among older adults in residential aged care with resultant lowered quality of life. Pastoral and spiritual care may be used effectively to help alleviate depression and support older people who have dementia. However, to be able to provide appropriate spiritual care, spiritual needs should be assessed. Ways of assessing spiritual needs are suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-71
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging
Volume18
Issue number2/3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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