Spirituality and Aging

Spirituality and Aging

Surendra Kumar Mattoo (Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, India), Vikas Punia (Institute of Mental Health, India), Lipika Malik (Institute of Mental Health, India) and Hitesh Khurana (Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, India)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 31
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3480-8.ch002

Abstract

This chapter reviews the available literature on different aspects of spirituality and health in old age. Old age is marked with physical, mental and social dysfunctions whereas spirituality provides the way to overcome these difficulties. The Asian scriptures give a very clear evidence that spirituality is the way of life that has a meaning, a purpose and connectedness with others. In the Indian description, Vasudhaiv Kutubhkam, it points towards the spiritual interconnectedness. The spiritual practices give a meaning and purpose to life therefore instills a feeling of hope which can protect against mental disorders. The same also strengthen immune system protecting us from physical problems connectedness with others is the ultimate aim of spirituality. With increasing age and degenerative processing taking place in the body, spiritual practices by elderly, make them feel a part of community and improves physical health status.
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Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, Concentrate the mind on the present moment (Buddha)

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Nature Of Spirituality

Some of the viewpoints about the nature of spirituality is described in the following manner.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Elderly: The ageing process is of course a biological reality which has its own dynamic, largely beyond human control.

Mental Health: Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.

Old Age: Old age is the period of years towards the end of your life.

Religion: A religion is a particular system of belief in a god or gods and the activities that are connected with this system.

Health: Health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.

Spirituality: The quality or state of being concerned with religion or religious matters: the quality or state of being spiritual.

Well-Being: Someone's well-being is their health and happiness.

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