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SPIRITUAL
TRANSFORMATION
Impact for ageing society
Stages of Life, Longevity & Many Older People
Life expectancy
• Average male life expectancy: 87 – 97 years
• Average female life expectancy: 87 – 99 years
• Australia‟...
Challenges with ageing
“There was no respect for youth when I was young and now that I am old,
there is no respect for age...
Presentation Outline
• Influences affecting ageing outcomes
• Holistic care includes spiritual care
• Spirituality
• Asses...
Influences affecting ageing
• Health
• Finances
• Social/relationship support
• Ethnicity & Genetics
• Chronic illnesses
•...
People are physical, psychological/social, spiritual
beings
Older people need holistic
care and emotional support
as well ...
Reflection Questions
How would you define spirituality?
How do you express your spirituality in everyday life?
What do you...
Spirituality
Personal quest for understanding and
seeking answers to ultimate
questions about:
• Life
• Meaning
• Relation...
Religion
System of beliefs, practices, rituals &
symbols designed to:
• Facilitate closeness to the sacred or
transcendent...
Religion
Religion and
spirituality
SpiritualityReligion
“The ageing journey itself involves
spiritual work in order to have hope,
develop maturity leading to wisdom
and to find m...
Expression of spirituality
Spiritual Tasks
Spiritual Tasks (MacKinlay)
May involve
• Working through issues of guilt
• Forgiveness of self as well as others
• Reconc...
Hoped for Outcomes
Anna Bloemhard sees spiritual care:
• Creating an atmosphere of trust and peace
• Supporting resident a...
Assessment Tools
Verbally based
Pictorial
Spiritual Lifeline
Initial Assessment
Values
Challenges
Religious Affiliation
Spiritual Strength & Support
Ongoing Spiritual Assessment
Concept of God
Involvement pattern
Religious practices
Helping others
Sources of hope & stren...
Goals
How do you practice your spirituality?
How can we support you in this?
Is anything particularly frightening/meaningf...
Care & support planning
Beware! There is a very real danger of spiritual care planning
becoming too clinical – it is not a...
What does a spiritual plan look like?
A spiritual plan should support residents
in re-establishing a commitment to
seeking...
It is important to keep the conversation going
Cards to draw out questions of meaning
Ups and Downs
Signpost
Provide down time for reflection
Understand the value of ritual
The benefit of small groups
My Stories
Blessing
“That we come to understand that it is the quality of what we think and
say that makes us valuable members of soc...
Mavis Salt - Spiritual Transformation: Impact for ageing society
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Mavis Salt - Spiritual Transformation: Impact for ageing society

  1. 1. SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION Impact for ageing society
  2. 2. Stages of Life, Longevity & Many Older People
  3. 3. Life expectancy • Average male life expectancy: 87 – 97 years • Average female life expectancy: 87 – 99 years • Australia‟s population of people aged over 85 years has grown 160%, compared to a national population growth of just 30%
  4. 4. Challenges with ageing “There was no respect for youth when I was young and now that I am old, there is no respect for age – I missed it coming and going”. J.B Priestly • Western culture values people for what they can produce, do, create or possess • Desire to stay „young‟ forever • Stereotyping
  5. 5. Presentation Outline • Influences affecting ageing outcomes • Holistic care includes spiritual care • Spirituality • Assessment of spiritual needs • Spiritual Care Planning • Helpful Tools • 3 stories from Aged Care Chaplaincy experience
  6. 6. Influences affecting ageing • Health • Finances • Social/relationship support • Ethnicity & Genetics • Chronic illnesses • Frailty requiring further care
  7. 7. People are physical, psychological/social, spiritual beings Older people need holistic care and emotional support as well as assistance with activities of daily living.
  8. 8. Reflection Questions How would you define spirituality? How do you express your spirituality in everyday life? What do you believe in? What gives life meaning?
  9. 9. Spirituality Personal quest for understanding and seeking answers to ultimate questions about: • Life • Meaning • Relationship to the sacred or transcendent
  10. 10. Religion System of beliefs, practices, rituals & symbols designed to: • Facilitate closeness to the sacred or transcendent • Foster an understanding of one‟s relationship & responsibility to others in community
  11. 11. Religion Religion and spirituality SpiritualityReligion
  12. 12. “The ageing journey itself involves spiritual work in order to have hope, develop maturity leading to wisdom and to find meaning towards end of life” (Nouwen & Gaffney, 1976).
  13. 13. Expression of spirituality
  14. 14. Spiritual Tasks
  15. 15. Spiritual Tasks (MacKinlay) May involve • Working through issues of guilt • Forgiveness of self as well as others • Reconciliation with others • Reconciliation with God
  16. 16. Hoped for Outcomes Anna Bloemhard sees spiritual care: • Creating an atmosphere of trust and peace • Supporting resident and family • Helping to diminish fears and anxiety about suffering and death • Increasing coping skills • Restoration and maintenance of dignity and sense of personhood • Reciprocal interpersonal connections • Finding sense of meaning and purpose for all involved
  17. 17. Assessment Tools Verbally based Pictorial Spiritual Lifeline
  18. 18. Initial Assessment Values Challenges Religious Affiliation Spiritual Strength & Support
  19. 19. Ongoing Spiritual Assessment Concept of God Involvement pattern Religious practices Helping others Sources of hope & strength
  20. 20. Goals How do you practice your spirituality? How can we support you in this? Is anything particularly frightening/meaningful to you now?
  21. 21. Care & support planning Beware! There is a very real danger of spiritual care planning becoming too clinical – it is not a medical document! • Spiritual care supports well-being rather than highlighting what is lacking • Spiritual care is provided through caring people being „fully present‟ with the older person in all aspects of their care needs
  22. 22. What does a spiritual plan look like? A spiritual plan should support residents in re-establishing a commitment to seeking spiritual growth. 1. What are their needs? 2. What are the goals of the plan ? 3. What is the action plan to achieve goals? 4. Evaluate the plan to see if it is achieving the stated goals
  23. 23. It is important to keep the conversation going Cards to draw out questions of meaning Ups and Downs Signpost
  24. 24. Provide down time for reflection Understand the value of ritual The benefit of small groups
  25. 25. My Stories
  26. 26. Blessing “That we come to understand that it is the quality of what we think and say that makes us valuable members of society, not how fast or busy we are. Being able to live so open-heartedly and to adjust so well, that others can look to us and see what being old can bring in terms of life, holiness and goodness to make the world new again” Joan Chittester

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