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Spirituality & Aging

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Overview / Abstract:

Spirituality & Aging is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that offers an insight into how spirituality influences the lives of elders in our care.

Spirituality and religious beliefs provide coping mechanisms for issues related to aging and have been proven to have a protective factor. Elders with higher levels of spirituality have better mental and physical health, and are less anxious about aging.

This course provides an accessible tool kit for healthcare professionals to use in attending to the spiritual well-being – as well as the physical, social, and emotional needs – of elders in their care. Included are ready-to-use exercises and techniques for promoting spiritual self-awareness in elders, as well as vignettes from the author’s own years of experience. The author makes a clear distinction between spirituality and religion, emphasizing the importance of helping elders come to terms with the numerous losses they experience in later life. Among the tools described are the spiritual inventory, an assessment of spiritual needs, the value of forgiveness and legacy, a discussion of spiritual deterrents, the importance of cultural sensitivity, how to promote spiritual growth in a group setting, and compassion fatigue among healthcare professionals.

Course #21-28 | 2019 | 34 pages | 15 posttest questions

Expiration

Dec 31, 2028

Discipline(s)

Counselor CE, Dietetics / Dietitian CE, Occupational Therapy CE, Psychology CE, Social Work CE

Format

Online

Cost

29

Credits / Hours

2

Accreditation

APA, NBCC, ASWB, AOTA, CDR

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Ligia M. Houben, MA, CT, CG-C

Keywords / Search Terms

Professional Development Resources Spirituality & Aging, Aging, CE, CEU, continuing education, online course

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