“Keep the faith”: Spirituality as a contributor to resiliency in five elderly people

Terin T. Sytsma, Leah A. Schmelkin, Sarah M. Jenkins, Laura A. Lovejoy, Maria Isabel Lapid, Katherine M. Piderman

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Abstract

Spirituality is an important component of spiritual well-being (SWB) and quality of life in the elderly. The Hear My Voice study explores the impact of spiritual life review and spiritual legacy document (SLD) formation on people with advanced diseases, including the elderly. Interview transcripts and SLDs of five participants ≥80 years were reviewed. Cases were summarized with an emphasis on spirituality and resiliency. Follow-up survey results were analyzed. Common themes included spirituality providing comfort, strength, community, and inspiration. Trends toward improved SWB and faith were detected after life review and SLD formation. Satisfaction surveys indicated greater sense of meaning post-intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging
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StateAccepted/In press - Mar 14 2018

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Keywords

  • Chaplain
  • Elderly
  • Life-review
  • Religion
  • spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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“Keep the faith” : Spirituality as a contributor to resiliency in five elderly people. / Sytsma, Terin T.; Schmelkin, Leah A.; Jenkins, Sarah M.; Lovejoy, Laura A.; Lapid, Maria Isabel; Piderman, Katherine M.

In: Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging, 14.03.2018, p. 1-11.

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Sytsma, Terin T. ; Schmelkin, Leah A. ; Jenkins, Sarah M. ; Lovejoy, Laura A. ; Lapid, Maria Isabel ; Piderman, Katherine M. / “Keep the faith” : Spirituality as a contributor to resiliency in five elderly people. In: Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging. 2018 ; pp. 1-11.
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