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  • Keywords
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    • gerontology,
    • spirituality of seniors,
    • effects of religion on health,
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    • breaking stereotypes of aging

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Celebrate the Harvest
A Guide to the Spiritual Needs and Religious Life of Older Adults
by Deacon William Bell

Older adults are a diverse cohort with a wide array of capacities, interests, and needs. Despite the fact that aging is a highly individualized and complex process, it continues to be stereotyped, especially in Western cultures. Any stereotype—positive or negative—fails to acknowledge the diversity of individuals within the group and can be used to justify social oppression and prejudice. All too o­ften, older adults are viewed as a burden on society rather than celebrated for the incredible gifts and talents, which they have to offer. Written from a Christian perspective, this book provides insight into the spiritual needs and religious practices of older adults. The author’s positive faith construct provides the lens through which to look beyond social stereotypes and, thereby, to positively influence the health, well-being and quality of life of older adults.

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Deacon William Bell holds a Masters in Health Administration with a specialty in Long Term Care. He has a lifetime of clinical experience in health service, specifically serving the unmet needs of older adult populations. He has retired from a career in psychiatric nursing and health services administration. In 2010, William was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate in the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Deacon Bell and his wife Wendy live in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. They have three adult children, two grandchildren, and two dogs. They live an active parish life, volunteering their time and talents in a long-term care facility and a local soup kitchen.


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