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Spirituality and Mind–Body Medicine in Geriatrics 

Spirituality and Mind–Body Medicine in Geriatrics
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Spirituality and Mind–Body Medicine in Geriatrics
Author(s):

Christina M. Puchalski

and Patricia A. Bloom

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190466268.003.0009
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date: 22 October 2019

As people age, the mind and spirit become increasingly important factors in the multidimensional nature of health and illness. Spirituality in health care focuses on the inner life of people and how they find meaning, purpose, and connectedness to the significant or sacred. Mind–body medicine seeks to understand the interconnectedness of the mind and body and to use interventions that promote wellness based on that interconnection. This chapter gives an overview of spiritual care in geriatric care, including the assessment of spiritual distress in aging and dying, with appropriate interventions. Mindfulness-based interventions that are particularly relevant for older adults are also discussed.

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