By Elizabeth MacKinlay, Alan Niven, Christopher Newell, Lawrence McNamara, Kirstin Robertson-Gillam, Ruwan Palapathwala, Malcolm Goldsmith, Lorna Hallahan, Rosalie Hudson, John Swinton, Dagmar Ceramidas, Eileen Mary Glass, Matthew Anstey, Christine Bryden
This assortment examines theological and moral problems with ageing, incapacity and spirituality, with an emphasis on how getting old impacts those who have psychological wellbeing and fitness and developmental disabilities.The publication provides methods of relocating in the direction of more beneficial relationships among carers and older individuals with disabilities; ways that to attach compassionately and beneficially with the person's religious size. The individuals spotlight the significance of spotting the personhood of every body despite age and of incapacity, no matter what shape it takes. They determine components inherent in personhood and supply methods of asserting and selling non secular healthiness for older individuals with disabilities.Valuable studying for practitioners in elderly care, healthcare, chaplaincy, social and pastoral care, and diversional therapists, this e-book can be of curiosity to older humans, their households and buddies.
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Are these people afforded a sense of dignity and appropriate care and support by others? Do the communities of faith realize the importance of faith to those who have intellectual disabilities? Do our communities of faith affirm the worth and dignity of these people? Continuing community education is required to prevent stereotyping, to prevent repeatedly underestimating what the person is capable of, and denying them an identity. As part of my research into ageing and disability, I met with the brother and sister-in-law of Michael who had Down syndrome and had lived until age 66.
Two values make important contributions to this process. The first is justice, the second is participation. Right relationships are the core of the biblical understanding of justice. Giving each person their due raises the ETHICS, AGEING AND DISABILITY / 43 questions of whether (a) equal or equivalent treatment is to be offered, or (b) the route of preferential treatment implemented as affirmative action should be pursued (Kopelman 1996). When disabled persons are involved equality is foundational.
If that story can be told, then that has power for healing, for growing towards wholeness and integrity. The people with dementia did tell their stories; they did connect with their lives and meaning. For Christians, this story is made whole through realizing not just our own story, but the connections of the story with our families, our communities of faith and our story with God. This connection is missing in the wider society, where people do not want to see the whole, but only wish to engage in a postmodern perspective of relativism.
Ageing, Disability and Spirituality: Addressing the Challenge of Disability in Later Life by Elizabeth MacKinlay, Alan Niven, Christopher Newell, Lawrence McNamara, Kirstin Robertson-Gillam, Ruwan Palapathwala, Malcolm Goldsmith, Lorna Hallahan, Rosalie Hudson, John Swinton, Dagmar Ceramidas, Eileen Mary Glass, Matthew Anstey, Christine Bryden