The Meaning and Role of Spirituality for Older Adults: A Qualitative Study.

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      This study is designed to identify the meaning and effects perceived by a person concerning religion and spirituality as that person grows old. A total of nineteen adults aged 65–88, five of whom were male and fourteen of whom were female, participated in semistructured interviews. As per the results of the thematic analysis, four main themes emerged: the meaning of spirituality, spiritual practices, the effect of spirituality and the meaning of growing old for the person. The results indicate that the participants view the entrance into old-age adulthood as a process that enhances interactions with others and intensifies help and compassion. The results also indicate that spirituality may play a crucial role in guiding older adults' lives and can help them clarify the meaning of their lives and cope with negative circumstances. Supporting older adults spiritually could also assist them to have positive emotions and help them to cope with stress. The organization of regular education programs to raise health professionals' awareness of spiritual needs is recommended. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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