Meaning and Belonging Can Stave off Isolation in Later Life
Richmond, Lewis, Aging Today
Depressing!" said Gladys, 74, when I asked her how she felt about aging. "I'm at the stage where everything is just falling apart." When asked whether her spiritual life was a resource, she just laughed. "I stopped believing in God when I was 12. In any case, I don't think He'd be interested in my petty little problems. Who would?"
Gladys' response highlights two factors my research has identified as key contributors to healthy aging-meaning and belonging. Gladys, who lived alone, was having difficulty finding meaning or contentment as she aged, and her lack of spiritual involvement was not helping. Gladys may have been among the 20 percent of elders (40 percent of those in care …
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Publication information: Article title: Meaning and Belonging Can Stave off Isolation in Later Life. Contributors: Richmond, Lewis - Author. Magazine title: Aging Today. Volume: 33. Issue: 3 Publication date: May/June 2012. Page number: 9. © American Society on Aging Jan/Feb 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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