Ageing, Disability and Spirituality: Addressing the Challenge of Disability in Later Life by Elizabeth MacKinlay, who is the director of the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies at St Mark’s National Theological Centre and a professor in the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University in Australia1. This book is part of the Encyclopedia of World Religions series, which covers various aspects of the world’s major faiths and spiritual traditions2. This book was published in 2008 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers1.
The book explores the issues and challenges that older people with disabilities face concerning their spiritual needs and well-being. It draws on the perspectives of academics, practitioners, and people with disabilities themselves to offer insights and guidance for enhancing the quality of life and care of this population1. The book covers topics such as the meaning of disability and ageing in different cultural and religious contexts, the role of rituals and rites of passage, the impact of dementia and other cognitive impairments, the ethical and legal implications of end-of-life decisions, and the importance of pastoral care and interfaith dialogue1
Elizabeth Mackinlay’s work focuses on the intersection of ageing, disability, and spirituality, particularly addressing the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities in later stages of life. Her research delves into the spiritual dimensions of ageing and disability, exploring how these aspects intersect and influence one another. Mackinlay emphasizes the importance of understanding and addressing the unique needs, experiences, and spiritual concerns of individuals navigating both ageing and disability. Her work aims to shed light on ways to support and enhance the quality of life for this demographic.