Week 11 discussion 6111 - Week 11 discussion 6111 Explanation of the significance of addressing spirituality with the elderly Many of the issues

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Week 11 discussion 6111 Explanation of the significance of addressing spirituality with the elderly. Many of the issues and problems associated with older adulthood are inherently spiritual. One’s spiritual beliefs are not relegated to an hour on Sunday morning, or to a specific community of believers. Spirituality means not just one compartment of life, but the most profound dimension of all life. The spiritual is the ultimate ground of all our questions, hopes, fears, and loves. It includes our efforts to deal creatively with retirement and to find a purpose for our lives after our family is raised. It concerns our struggles with the loss of a spouse or a more from a home of many years; questions of self-worth and fear of reaching out to make new friendships; the discovery of new talents, more profound peace, and broader boundaries of love. All of these are spiritual concerns (Snodgrass, 2009). Therefore, losses, grief, role changes, physical disabilities, chronic illness, increased dependence, and various other aspects of aging are inherently spiritual concerns. By

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