Spiritual care and ageing in a secular society

Med J Aust. 2007 May 21;186(S10):S74-6. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb01048.x.


Providing spiritual care is about tapping into the concept of spirituality: core meaning, deepest life meaning, hope and connectedness. The search for meaning, connectedness and hope becomes more significant as older people are faced with the possibilities of frailty, disability and dementia. Spirituality, ageing and meaning in life can be discussed in the context of an alternative view of "successful ageing". A model of spiritual tasks in older age can help explain the spiritual dimension and provide a starting point for spiritual assessment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Aging*
  • Australia
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / organization & administration
  • Health Services for the Aged / organization & administration*
  • Holistic Health*
  • Humans
  • Pastoral Care / organization & administration*
  • Quality of Life
  • Religion and Medicine*
  • Religion and Psychology
  • Social Support
  • Spirituality*