Exploring spirituality with older people: (1) rich experiences

Laurence Lepherd, Cath Rogers, Richard Egan, Helen Towler, Coralie Graham, Andrea Nagle, Ilsa Hampton

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Abstract

With an increasing aging population worldwide, there is a need for greater focus on the spirituality of older people, to better support them and lead them to an enhancement of their inner peace. This pilot research used a qualitative approach (with semi-structured interviews) in exploring spirituality with older people in residential aged care to understand more about the factors related to a sense of personal belief and connection that helped them in their daily lives. The research involved developing a rigorous exploratory process. The twenty-five (25) participants provided information about their rich experiences and their connections in four dimensions: (1) people, (2) creativity, (3) something bigger or higher than themselves and (4) their own inner being.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

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Lepherd, L., Rogers, C., Egan, R., Towler, H., Graham, C., Nagle, A., & Hampton, I. (2019). Exploring spirituality with older people: (1) rich experiences. Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging.