Four Spirited New Books

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The Aging Spirit

Several books on spiritual aspects of aging recently arrived at Aging Today, each with a distinct approach for its audience of consumers, professionals or academic investigators. Here are four:

Vital Connections in Long-Term Care: Spiritual Resources for Staff and Residents by Julie Barton, Marita Grudzen and Ron Zielske (Baltimore: Health Professional Press, 2003; paperback, 223 pages) includes 14 chapters covering a range of concerns, such as honoring the individuality and diversity of both residents and staff, examining attitudes about intimacy and sexuality among residents, enhancing relationships with residents who have dementia and celebrating rituals that bring meaning to people's lives.

The Enduring Human Spirit: Thought-Provoking Stories on Caring for Our Elders by the Rev. Charles Tindell (Ravensdale, Wash.: Idyll Arbor Inc., 2003; paperback, 224 pages) has 11 sections, each set off with a proverb (for example, "Heroism consists in hanging on one minute longer."), each including stories of people the author has encountered in his ministry and a closing section of questions worth pondering and discussing. …