A Model for Facilitating Faith-Health Integration in the Church Affiliated Frail Elderly

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/161056
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Presentation
Title:
A Model for Facilitating Faith-Health Integration in the Church Affiliated Frail Elderly
Abstract:
A Model for Facilitating Faith-Health Integration in the Church Affiliated Frail Elderly
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2007
Author:Wessman, Joann, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Bethel University
Contact Address:Nursing, St. Paul, MN, 55112, USA
Co-Authors:N.L. Olen, Nursing , Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
Integrating faith with the experiences of decreasing physical ability may be central to the church-affiliated frail elderly person's integrity of self. A model for facilitating such integration initially was developed from themes identified in a qualitative pilot study of church-affiliated frail elderly persons. The emerging model was refined through semi-structured interviews with pastors, frail elderly persons, scholars both in nursing and in related fields, and parish nurses. The refined model was supported by results of recent quantitative and qualitative studies of church-affiliated frail elderly persons. The model identifies three areas of intervention that may facilitate the ability of frail elderly persons to integrate faith and health experiences. All three areas focus on a review that is assessment, as well as therapeutic intervention. First is a targeted life review with sensitivity to experiences that may increase meaning, purpose, roles, and responsibilities in the present life context of frailness. The life pattern of giftedness can guide the frail elder's continuing participation in the life of the faith community, and provide opportunity for growth and integration of faith and health in the frail ending years of life. A review of functional status for clarification of physical abilities and disabilities, the second area, helps to understand where spiritual and emotional challenges may intertwine with declining physical abilities. This review offers the parish nurse a window into the meaning of declining physical abilities to the frail elder congregant. The last area is a review of the individual's experiences with the church in terms of being affirmed as a person valued by God and by a loving faith community. Knowing the perceived relationship of the elderly person to the local church helps to frame the faith experiences that become interwoven with declining health. In each of the three areas specific guidelines to facilitate integration of faith and health are being developed. This research-based model encourages fluidity between assessment and intervention and provides the parish nurse specific interventions that may facilitate the integration of faith and health in this frail elderly population.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleA Model for Facilitating Faith-Health Integration in the Church Affiliated Frail Elderlyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/161056-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">A Model for Facilitating Faith-Health Integration in the Church Affiliated Frail Elderly</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Wessman, Joann, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Bethel University</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Nursing, St. Paul, MN, 55112, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">jwessman@bethel.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">N.L. Olen, Nursing , Bethel University, St. Paul, MN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Integrating faith with the experiences of decreasing physical ability may be central to the church-affiliated frail elderly person's integrity of self. A model for facilitating such integration initially was developed from themes identified in a qualitative pilot study of church-affiliated frail elderly persons. The emerging model was refined through semi-structured interviews with pastors, frail elderly persons, scholars both in nursing and in related fields, and parish nurses. The refined model was supported by results of recent quantitative and qualitative studies of church-affiliated frail elderly persons. The model identifies three areas of intervention that may facilitate the ability of frail elderly persons to integrate faith and health experiences. All three areas focus on a review that is assessment, as well as therapeutic intervention. First is a targeted life review with sensitivity to experiences that may increase meaning, purpose, roles, and responsibilities in the present life context of frailness. The life pattern of giftedness can guide the frail elder's continuing participation in the life of the faith community, and provide opportunity for growth and integration of faith and health in the frail ending years of life. A review of functional status for clarification of physical abilities and disabilities, the second area, helps to understand where spiritual and emotional challenges may intertwine with declining physical abilities. This review offers the parish nurse a window into the meaning of declining physical abilities to the frail elder congregant. The last area is a review of the individual's experiences with the church in terms of being affirmed as a person valued by God and by a loving faith community. Knowing the perceived relationship of the elderly person to the local church helps to frame the faith experiences that become interwoven with declining health. In each of the three areas specific guidelines to facilitate integration of faith and health are being developed. This research-based model encourages fluidity between assessment and intervention and provides the parish nurse specific interventions that may facilitate the integration of faith and health in this frail elderly population.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:15:11Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:15:11Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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