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By Jewell A. (ed.)

Getting old, Spirituality and overall healthiness explores how healthiness isn't really approximately actual health and wellbeing by myself; having objective in lifestyles and continuous non secular progress are important parts for older participants. This booklet presents advice on how the actual religious wishes of this age team could be outlined and addressed, and the way significant care and aid might be given.

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As a consequence there are a variety of models and ‘theories’ about successful ageing. The focus on the search for theory has taken a number of paths. The idea of a theory is that it should identify, explain and predict behaviour. Therefore a theory of successful ageing should be able to identify successful ageing, explain why successful ageing is present or absent in a given group and predict when successful ageing will occur. This then has the ability to offer successful ageing promotion strategies based on the theory.

However, the problems of defining good health and poor health and the well-recorded tendency of respondents to overestimate good health may make such studies essentially flawed. This particular study assumed that successful ageing was linked at the outset to ‘healthy ageing’. Evidence-based practice and the place of spirituality Despite the obvious value of exploring the topic across the methodological spectrum, the rise of evidence-based medicine as the gold standard upon which practice should be based, with the support of the National Institute of Clinical Evidence, and the continued dominance within that position of the randomised controlled trial as the example of best evidence, has limited the possibilities for investigating the relationship between the spiritual and health.

This lent weight to the idea of a journey. There was distinction to be made between those people in the sample who: • had a strong faith by which they had lived their lives • had rejected belief in God and held strong beliefs around that rejection which had influenced the direction of their lives (for instance, into a scientific career) • didn’t really know what they believed and claimed not to have give it much thought or concern. The last group seemed the least robust in terms of the onward journey into old age, displaying doubts and concerns and less enthusiasm for the common tasks of daily life.

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