Spirituality and Aging

Helen Lavretsky

Disclosures

Aging Health. 2010;6(6):749-769. 

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Conclusion

Interest in spirituality and aging has increased recently. There are multiple barriers to the proper assessment of spirituality (e.g., the lack of professional training for healthcare professionals, shortage of time, and discomfort in patients and healthcare providers in discussing spiritual issues and needs) in clinical practice and research. Overcoming these barriers via improved training for healthcare professionals can improve healthcare and outcomes in older adults. Improvement of research tools and assessment methods, as well as the development of spiritual interventions, can offer more choices of healthcare to the individuals and their families that are consistent with their belief systems. An improved understanding and respect for individual spiritual practices can help shape personalized medical care for older adults, and improve health outcomes.

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