Parish Nursing. Addressing the Significance of Social Support and Spirituality for Sustained Health-Promoting Behaviors in the Elderly

J Holist Nurs. 1998 Sep;16(3):355-68. doi: 10.1177/089801019801600305.


Literature about the significance of health promotion for the elderly and identification of various determinants of health-promoting activities contains numerous inconsistencies. From a review of nursing and health-related literature over the past decade, it is possible to draw only limited conclusions about the commitment of the elderly to health-promoting behaviors. Despite this, the importance of the roles of social support and spirituality for the empowerment of older adults to practice health-promoting activities is a consistent research finding in this population. Parish nurse programs expand home health and public health provider roles and use the faith community as a cooperative means for sociocultural implementation of successful health promotion. Significance for nursing education, practice, and research is discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged / psychology*
  • Geriatric Nursing / methods*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Holistic Nursing / methods*
  • Humans
  • Pastoral Care / methods*
  • Power, Psychological
  • Self Care / psychology
  • Social Support*