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Learn how to make a more positive impact with your social work with the agedReligion is an important coping mechanism for many aging adults. Religion, Spirituality, and Aging: A Social Work Perspective presents the latest research that shows howMoreLearn how to make a more positive impact with your social work with the agedReligion is an important coping mechanism for many aging adults. Religion, Spirituality, and Aging: A Social Work Perspective presents the latest research that shows how religion and spirituality can improve quality of life for elders. Respected social work researchers and scholars provide insight and practical methods for fostering positive aging while also considering how spirituality and religion can affect practitioners themselves. The full range of advantages and ethical implications are discussed in clear detail from a social work viewpoint. Case studies plainly illustrate the positive impact that the inclusion of spirituality and religion in an aging person’s life may have on their physical and mental welfare.Organized social work in the early twentieth century actively tried to distance itself from its roots as a form of religious charity in favor of becoming a scientific and professional endeavor. Religion, Spirituality, and Aging once again bridges the gap between social work and spiritual matters by presenting penetrating articles that discusses the issues of the aging soul while examining ways to improve care. Creative strategies are offered to contribute to the spiritual side of aging while considering every implication and ethical question. The compilation is extensively referenced and includes helpful figures and tables to clearly illustrate data and ideas.Religion, Spirituality, and Aging discusses:the latest social work trends and attitudes toward spiritualityprayer, meditation, and acts of altruism as interventionsan empirical study of how social workers use religion and spirituality as an interventionethical considerations and best practicesreligion and spirituality during long-term carethe Postcards to God projectdreams and their relationship to the search for meaning in later lifea spiritual approach to positive aging through autobiographydementia and spiritualitycreating new rituals for sacred agingspiritual master Henri Nouwen’s principles of agingand his approaches to caring for older peoplean interview study on elders’ spirituality and the changes manifested in their views of religionReligion, Spirituality, and Aging is a remarkable reminder that elders are our future selves. This erudite, well-reasoned examination of aging and spirituality from a social work perspective is crucial reading for social workers, human service professionals who work with the aged, and gerontology scholars.