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By Elizabeth MacKinlay, Alan Niven, Christopher Newell, Lawrence McNamara, Kirstin Robertson-Gillam, Ruwan Palapathwala, Malcolm Goldsmith, Lorna Hallahan, Rosalie Hudson, John Swinton, Dagmar Ceramidas, Eileen Mary Glass, Matthew Anstey, Christine Bryden

This assortment examines theological and moral problems with growing older, incapacity and spirituality, with an emphasis on how aging impacts those that have psychological overall healthiness and developmental disabilities.The ebook offers methods of relocating in the direction of better relationships among carers and older individuals with disabilities; ways that to attach compassionately and beneficially with the person's non secular measurement. The members spotlight the significance of spotting the personhood of everyone despite age and of incapacity, no matter what shape it takes. They establish elements inherent in personhood and supply methods of asserting and selling non secular healthiness for older individuals with disabilities.Valuable analyzing for practitioners in elderly care, healthcare, chaplaincy, social and pastoral care, and diversional therapists, this e-book can be of curiosity to older humans, their households and acquaintances.

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There is some evidence to suggest that given an appropriate social, relational and spiritual environment, a degree of rementing can take place in people with dementia. In particular, Sixmith and colleagues (Sixsmith, Stilwell and Copeland 1993) in a study of ‘homely homes’ where the care was of a very high quality found clear examples of ‘rementing’, or measurable recovery of powers that had apparently been lost; a degree of cognitive decline often ensued, but it was far slower than that which had been typically expected when people with dementia are in long term care.

An understanding of ourselves as embodied persons is central to this chapter. It applies both to the fact that we age and to the disabilities associated with our later years. Post-Enlightenment Western culture is liberal in its worldview, assumptions, and expectations. Liberalism emphasizes the importance of reason, rationality, independence and the capacity for self-advocacy. Authentic human living presupposes a level of thinking and rationality necessary for the lives of free and independent equals who choose to associate.

44 / AGEING, DISABILITY AND SPIRITUALITY A renewed appreciation of our dependence and interdependence is possible when we exercise the virtue of hospitality. It moves us beyond the individualism of the liberal worldview to a conviction that we have something to contribute to the common good. 164). 26). 165). Human fulfilment and human flourishing are possible only when persons exist ‘with’ and ‘for’ others. This is most clearly exemplified in the hospitality that is shown to the aged and disabled in our society.

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