Supporting Spiritual Engagement for People Living with Dementia

Authors

  • Emily Smeaton HammondCare Dementia Centre
  • Craig Maher HammondCare Dementia Centre

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v4i2.31340

Keywords:

Dementia, prayer, religion, religious care, reminiscence, spirituality, spiritual care

Abstract

The article lays out the results from an extensive literature review exploring the spiritual and religious lives of people living with dementia. The ways in which informal spiritual practices such as prayer, praise and worship can enhance people’s spiritual lives are outlined. Alongside formal spiritual practices the article highlights that more generically spiritual things such as finding meaning, forgiveness, acceptance, reminiscence and value are crucial dimensions of the spiritual lives of people living with dementia. It concludes by noting the importance of using a multi-sensory approach which enables individuals to connect with their spirituality in more concrete, tangible ways.

Author Biographies

Emily Smeaton, HammondCare Dementia Centre

Emily Smeaton, MSc, is a Dementia Centre Consultant with HammondCare, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Craig Maher, HammondCare Dementia Centre

Rev. Craig Maher, MA, is a Uniting Church Minister and Head of Pastoral Care, HammondCare, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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Published

2016-12-15

How to Cite

Smeaton, E., & Maher, C. (2016). Supporting Spiritual Engagement for People Living with Dementia. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 4(2), 130-141. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v4i2.31340

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