Spirituality and Aging

Robert Atchley, Spirituality and Aging, 2009, John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland. A thorough and insightful study of spirtuality and gerontology. Especially nice spiritual inventory and questions (Appendices)  Recommended as a core resource for anyone who is interested in a deeper study of Spiritulaity and Aging, and  especially for professionals and pastoral caregivers.

The Four Things That Matter Most

Ira Byock,M.D., The Four Things That Matter Most, A Book About Living, 2004 Free Press, New York, NY.Wisdom for living and relating to one another throughout life and at its end, through four simple phrases.This is a recommended core resource for a Spirituality and Aging collection.

The Second Half of Life – Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom

Angeles Arrien, The Second Half of Life, Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom, 2005, Sounds True, Inc., Boulder, Colorado. This is a guidebook for living middle and later years with meaning and purpose. Metaphorical gates represent passages for self discovery and development. Reflection and Practice sections at the end of each chapter give the reader concrete ideas for fullfillment and contemplation.

Still Here, Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying

Ram Dass, Still Here, Embracing, Aging Changing and Dying, 2000, Riverhead Books, NY. Written by Ram Dass, spiritual teacher, after he had a cerebral hemorrhage. A wise guide to presence, acceptance and fulfillment as we age and experience changes.

Pastoral Care of Older Adults

Harold G. Koenig and Andrew J. Weaver, Pastoral Care of Older Adults, 1998, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, Minneapolis, MN. This is a solid basic handbook on pastoral care for caregivers and pastoral care committees, covers a variety of topics including emotional and behavioral health and caregiver needs. Good practical advice for people in spiritual communities.