Spiritual Growth and Care in the Fourth Age of Life

Spiritual Growth and Care in the Fourth Age of Life

This is a book about growing older in the fourth age of the human life cycle. If the third age is defined as being older and still remaining independent (without specifying a chronological age range), then the fourth age is the age of ...

Author: Elizabeth MacKinlay

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1846424801

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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Spiritual Growth and Care in the Fourth Age of Life explores the spiritual dimension of ageing and investigates the role of pastoral and spiritual care in helping the frail elderly cope with end-of-life issues. Focusing on the experience of nursing home residents and anecdotes gathered in interviews, MacKinlay sensitively presents the struggles facing older people in need of care, such as loss of independence and privacy. Her findings show that despite ill health, loneliness and depression, older people near the end of their lives find meaning and support in (re)discovering their spirituality, and that this is not just the experience of those in care facilities, but of older people more generally. The book includes a useful chapter on spiritual assessment, providing carers with information on how to recognise the need for care. This book will be of interest to nurses, care workers, pastoral support professionals and anyone else working with older people.
Categories: Religion

The Fourth Age Verdan Chronicles Volume 1

The Fourth Age  Verdan Chronicles  Volume 1

Visions of the Fourth Age. Let me read from Chapter Twenty and the Prophet Scril.” “As the first two ages ended with floods and quakes, so too shall the third age end in cataclysm. Fire from the sky will light up the night.

Author: David Gerspach

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 9781483423920

Category: Fiction


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A powerful wizard named Terek believes it is his destiny to rule the land. To fulfill that destiny he raises an army and subjugates a dragon to his will. He will let nothing stand in his way. Legendary heroes, who are neither alive, nor dead, gather champions from across the land to oppose the wizard and safeguard freedom. A knight, sent on a quest by a desperate king, nears his goal of finding Terek’s brother, Arakon. It is believed that only Arakon has the power to challenge his brother. But in order to reach him, he will need to travel through Darkwood, a forest guarded by undead creatures and elves aligned with Terek. Another group of heroes is led by a crusader with a tragic past and an illusionist fighting to save her marriage. They need to travel the barbaric hills of Taiga and the plains of Parthea, not realizing that Terek has already endeared himself to the Partheans under the guise of a prophet sent by their god.
Categories: Fiction

The Catholic Church Through the Ages

The Catholic Church Through the Ages

THE FOURTH AGE OF THE CHURCH ( 1000-1450 ) The Middle Ages The Fourth Age of the Church began roughly in the middle of the eleventh century , and it saw a burst of activity in every conceivable area — from theology and religious life to ...

Author: John Vidmar

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 0809142341

Category: Religion

Page: 360

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This one-volume survey of the history of the Catholic Church--from its beginning through the pontificate of John Paul II--explains the Church's progress by using Christopher Dawson's division of the Church's history into six distinct "ages," or 350-400 year periods of time.
Categories: Religion

Ageing meaning and social structure

Ageing  meaning and social structure

The chapter is divided into the following: first, the construct of the 'fourth age' is clarified; second, themes in the literature on agency are reviewed; third, the challenges and contradictions presented by agency and the 'fourth age' ...

Author: Baars, Jan

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781447300892

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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Ageing, meaning and social structure is a unique book advancing critical discourse in gerontology and makes a major contribution to understanding key social and ethical dilemmas facing ageing societies. It confronts and integrates approaches that have been relatively isolated from each other, and interrelates two major streams of thought within critical gerontology: analyses of structural issues in the context of political economy and humanistic perspectives on issues of existential meaning. The chapters, from a wide range of contributors, focus on major issues in ageing such as autonomy, agency, frailty, lifestyle, social isolation, dementia and professional challenges in social work and participatory research. This volume should be valuable reading for scholars and graduate students in gerontology and humanistic studies, as well as for policy makers and practitioners working in the field of ageing.
Categories: Social Science

Loving Later Life

Loving Later Life

The Fourth Age, often marked by an eventual admittance to a nursing home, creates a new social imagery “where choice, autonomy, selfexpression, and pleasure collapse into a silent negativity.” The Fourth Age is not a chronological final ...

Author: Frits de Lange

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802872166

Category: Religion

Page: 159

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Nobody enjoys growing old. We normally fear our own aging and generally do not love old people -- they remind us that death is inescapable, the body frail, and social status transitory. In Loving Later Life Frits de Lange shows how an ethics of love can acknowledge and overcome the fear of aging and change our attitude toward the elderly.De Lan
Categories: Religion

The Transformation of Australia s Population

The Transformation of Australia s Population

The Fourth Age of dependency is approximated here by persons with profound handicaps , who always need personal help or supervision with self - care , mobility or communication . Studies of ageing and disabilities usually present ...

Author: Siew-An Khoo

Publisher: UNSW Press

ISBN: 0868405027

Category: History

Page: 326

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Transformation of Australia's population, 1970-2030.
Categories: History

Transitions and the Lifecourse

Transitions and the Lifecourse

part, the distinctions made between the third and fourth age can be read as an attempt to more accurately depict the heterogeneity of older populations and the changes that may occur in late life. Rooted in biological understandings of ...

Author: Amanda Grenier

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781847426918

Category: Social Science

Page: 241

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Explores and challenges dominant interpretations of transitions as they relate to ageing and the life course. This book takes a perspective that draws together ideas about late life as expressed in social policy and socio-cultural constructs of age with lived experience.
Categories: Social Science

Aging and Self Realization

Aging and Self Realization

It is important to note however, that the attractiveness of the Third Age strongly relies on the contrast it represents to the so-called Fourth Age that follows it. This Fourth Age denotes the last phase of life and is associated with ...

Author: Hanne Laceulle

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 9783839444221

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

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Dominant cultural narratives about later life dismiss the value senior citizens hold for society. In her cultural-philosophical critique, Hanne Laceulle outlines counter narratives that acknowledge both potentials and vulnerabilities of later life. She draws on the rich philosophical tradition of thought about self-realization and explores the significance of ethical concepts essential to the process of growing old such as autonomy, authenticity and virtue. These counter narratives aim to support older individuals in their search for a meaningful age identity, while they make society recognize its senior members as valued participants and moral agents of their own lives.
Categories: Social Science

Ageing Dementia and the Social Mind

Ageing  Dementia and the Social Mind

The Third and Fourth Age as a social imaginary Invoking the well-known model of the four ages of man, ... the first to identify the third age as 'an era of personal fulfilment' in contrast to a fourth age as 'an era of final dependence, ...

Author: Paul Higgs

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119397991

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

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A groundbreaking exploration of the sociology of dementia — with contributions from distinguished international scholars and practitioners. Organised around the four themes of personhood, care, social representations and social differentiation Provides a critical look at dementia and demonstrates how sociology and other disciplines can help us understand its social context as well as the challenges it poses Contributing authors explore the social terrain, responding in part, to Paul Higgs’ and Chris Gilleard’s highly influential work on ageing Breaks new ground in giving specific attention to the social and cultural dimensions of responses to dementia
Categories: Social Science

Social Death

Social Death

of the fourth age may keep alive the identity of the person with dementia, but it also serves to frame the individual as a non-agentic object of concern even while maintaining the individual in the complex pattern of social and cultural ...

Author: Jana Králová

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315467238

Category: Social Science

Page: 106

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Social death occurs when the social existence of a person or group ceases. With an individual, it can occur before or after physical death. Scholars in a wide range of disciplines have applied the concept to very diverse issues – including genocide, slavery, dementia, hospitalisation, and bereavement. Social death relates to social exclusion, social capital, social networks, social roles and social identity, but its theorising is not united – scholars in one field are often unaware of its use in other fields. This is the first book to bring a range of perspectives together in a pioneering effort to bring to the field conceptual clarity rooted in empirical data. Preceded by an original theoretical discussion of the concept of social death, contributions from the UK, Romania, Sweden, and Israel analyse the fourth age, end of life policies, dying alone at home, suicide, photographs on gravestones, bereavement, and the agency of dead musicians. This book was originally published as a special issue of Contemporary Social Science.
Categories: Social Science