Improving health should be a no-brainer given all that we know now that we didn’t know before. Oddly, however, research is showing that baby boomers are not as healthy as their parents were at the same age, although they may live longer. Writer Steve Salt finds that another factor may make the difference in improving health: spirituality. Salt writes:
“What does the previous generation have to say about personal health? ‘Research suggests that spirituality is important to a large percentage of the older adult population and serves as a promoter of healthy aging,’ writes Lydia K. Manning, Associate Professor of Gerontology at Concordia University Chicago, whose bio includes postdoctoral scholar at Duke University with a Ph.D. from Miami University of Ohio.
“For her study Manning conceptualized spirituality as a ‘realm of human experience encapsulating an intense awareness of the present; transcendence of the personal self; and/or a feeling of connection with all of life, the Universe or a Supreme Being.’
Manning noticed that participants evidenced greater resilience because of their spirituality. This enabled them to recover from life’s ups and downs more easily, thus most likely improving health.
” ‘When asked about their spirituality,’ Manning writes, ‘the women’s narratives demonstrated resilience about life, meaning, and spirituality. The women, in their 80s and 90s, were explicit about how their spirituality served as a mechanism for dealing with adversity and hardship.’ “
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