Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias raise important questions of personhood and connection for those affected. Finding meaning in the face of dementia is one of the most challenging aspects of dementia; spiritual reminiscence is a way of connecting with those with dementia when their cognitive decline seems to preclude them from participating in a meaningful life. In this chapter a context for spirituality in later life is given through description of the spiritual tasks and process of ageing. This leads to presentation of work based on a mixed methods study of 113 people in residential aged care with a diagnosis of dementia who participated in either six or 24 weeks of weekly sessions of guided spiritual reminiscence (MacKinlay & Trevitt, 2012). Relationship was found to be almost synonymous with meaning for these people. Other important themes identified were vulnerability and transcendence, wisdom, hope, despair, and response to meaning.
|Title of host publication||Psychosocial studies of the individual's changing perspectives in Alzheimer's disease|
|Editors||Myron Orleans, Ruobing Li, Cordula Dick-Muehlke|
|Place of Publication||Hershey, United States|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Name||Advances in Psychology, Mental Health, and Behavioral Studies (APMHBS)|
MacKinlay, E., & Trevitt, C. (2015). Spiritual factors in the experience of Alzheimer's disease and other Dementias. In M. Orleans, R. Li, & C. Dick-Muehlke (Eds.), Psychosocial studies of the individual's changing perspectives in Alzheimer's disease (1st ed., pp. 230-253). (Advances in Psychology, Mental Health, and Behavioral Studies (APMHBS) ). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-8478-2