Spiritual Dimensions of Ageing

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Malcolm Johnson, Joanna Walker
  • Cambridge, England: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , November
     330 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Francesca Nuzzolese forthcoming.


Our understandings of both ageing and spirituality are changing rapidly in the twenty-first century, and grasping the significance of later life spirituality is now crucial in the context of extended longevity. Spiritual Dimensions of Ageing will inform and engage those who study or practise in all fields that relate to the lives of older people, especially in social, psychological and health-related domains, but also wherever the maintenance and development of spiritual meaning and purpose are recognised as important for human flourishing. Bringing together an international group of leading scholars across the fields of psychology, theology, history, philosophy, sociology and gerontology, the volume distils the latest advances in research on spirituality and ageing, and engages in vigorous discussion about how we can interpret this learning for the benefit of older people and those who seek to serve and support them.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Malcolm Johnson is visiting professor of gerontology and end-of-life care at the University of Bath, and emeritus professor of health and social policy at the University of Bristol. From 1984 to 1995 he was professor of health and social welfare and the first dean of the school of health and Social Welfare at the Open University. His research interests include biographical studies, death and dying, and his major specialism, ageing and the lifespan. Of his fourteen books and over 160 monographs, chapters and articles, more than half relate to ageing. These include The Cambridge Handbook of Age and Ageing (2005). He is a former Secretary of the British Society of Gerontology and Founding Editor of the Cambridge international journal Ageing and Society.

Joanna Walker is currently engaged in postgraduate research on ageing and spirituality at the University of Southampton, following a career in adult education focused on older learners. Whilst a lecturer at the University of Surrey she led a government-funded project to improve the national quality of pre-retirement education by developing a resource centre, a post-graduate training scheme for practitioners, and publishing related books and papers. She chaired the Association for Education and Ageing (2005–12) and is the Associate Editor of its International Journal of Education and Ageing. She was an adviser to the Bishop of Guildford concerning adult education for fifteen years, until 2014. A common thread in her research and career has been a passion for older people's continuing development.

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