Aged--Psychology

Engaging Aging Church Members Faithful Living in a Covenant Community

Author
Deborah K Uchtman
Abstract
This project explores why it is that some aging church members in my context experience a feeling of hopelessness and seem to disconnect from their faith. This question will be explored with the book of Ruth and in particular, the character of Naomi through a bible study, sermon series and a special congregational event that features a storyteller.

A study on recovering intimacy for elderly couples through the sexuality centered education program "Silver academy: 9988 happy life"

Author
Ki-An Ka
Abstract
With the rapid increase in the aged population, the sexual culture among the elderly has become a serious issue in Korean society. The author asked how to help in recovering intimacy among elderly couples through a sexuality-centered education program. With nine couples aged sixty-five years or older, the seminar was conducted over three days of intensive retreat. All the participants' responses were very positive and productive. Furthermore, the author concluded that this program would be helpful for middle-aged couples as well.

God's oldest friends: spirituality and aging

Author
Terry Thomas Primer
Abstract
This author researched the connections between spirituality and aging with fifty healthy elderly adults in a continuing care retirement community. The participants were religiously diverse, including some unaffiliated with either a church or synagogue. Using a questionnaire, residents were interviewed regarding their sources of hope and comfort, religious participation, spiritual practices, psychological age and fear of death. For the majority of the participants, a personal sense of the Divine, long term participation in a faith community and varying forms of prayer were essential to their ability to feel psychologically young and unafraid of death.

Guided life review of older parishioners

Author
Meredyth Bellows
Abstract
The project evolved from the question: "Does a systematic life review result in more positive feelings held by the elderly?" The Church can facilitate positive changes of perspectives on end of life issues with its aging parishioners through a narrative theology paradigm by reforming and re-authoring the events of their lives. the primary hypothesis was that through the guided life review, elderly parishioners experienced increased self-actualization. The hypothesis was proven to be measurable and correct. This was a functional change model based in Maslow's work on self-actualization, archetypal process of Jung and Hillman, and the eighth stage of human development of Erikson. Life review can be a valuable pastoral care tool for clergy in helping their elderly parishioners through issues of grief and loss.

Christian nursing homes as both reasonable and reconciled communities

Author
Greg J Wilcox
Abstract
The nursing home is one intersection of human frailty and the process of institutionalization. The residents and staff members who live and work in nursing homes too often find that nursing homes, as institutions, deepen their need instead of meeting it. Christian nursing homes, while not immune to institutional problems, can offer caring communities in which there is a profound integration of a reasonable accommodation to human need and the promise of reconciliation to human brokenness and alienation. When that happens, residents and staff members discover help, and new life fills the nursing home community.

Toward a pastoral ministry with the aging in retirement confronting death

Author
John A McConomy
Abstract
This project explores and analyzes pastoral ministry with older persons in retirement and confronting death, drawing on psychological, sociological, and theological research as it is applied to experience in ministry. The community of faith should affirm the dignity of older people and act as an advocate for justice for the aged in personal relationships and organized programs.

Ministry to adults in the congregational setting who are relating to aging relatives or friends

Author
Jean E Hunnisett
Abstract
This project responds to the need to develop a supportive ministry to adults in a congregational setting who are relating to older persons. The aim was to generate new knowledge about these needs by developing a support group. Qualitative research methodology was used, and the data generated in the eight group sessions identified the need of participants to talk about their concerns related to death and dying and to grief and bereavement; the need to deal with anger and guilt; and to focus on problems related to safety, institutionalization, quality of care, and attitudes toward aging.

A theoretical analysis of a bible study group of elderly persons coping with change: pastoral care in the institutional geriatric church

Author
Marion H Arnold
Abstract
A model of pastoral care was constructed that will inform, through implications, the conceptualization of the nature, purpose, and meaning of pastoral care to geriatric persons residing in mental hospitals for a recognition and release of their potential in spite of their limitations. Exploratory research and theological correlation procedures were employed. The project conceptualizes how liberation ministry can best serve the needs of the estranged person in this church. The model for pastoral care in the institutional geriatric church represents theory building. Therefore, the model is provisional pending further study for usage in other churches.

A theory of interpretation: finding meaning in the dreams and religious concerns of aged persons

Author
William A Eubanks
Abstract
The redaction model for interpretation assumes that symbols are the key elements in both dream narratives and biblical narratives. It was applied to narratives collected from three groups discussing dreams and two groups discussing religious concerns at two nursing homes. It proved to be consistently useful in opening both dreams and biblical narratives to discussion and interpretation. The model states that a symbol is an intermediate text composed from three preliminary texts, each of which has its own grammar, and that symbols are included in narrative texts as they are composed.
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