Making Meaning in Older Age:Bringing Together the Pieces of Your Life

Making Meaning in Older Age:
Bringing Together the Pieces of Your Life

Annette M. Lane, RN, PhD & Marlette B. Reed, BEd, MA

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Making meaning in life can be challenging at any age. However, making and sustaining meaning in advancing age can be especially difficult due to physiological changes, declining health, and multiple losses. From years of personal and professional experience, and with much warmth, the authors address the multifaceted nature of meaning and offer practical ways in which older adults can find and sustain meaning despite the transitions experienced with advancing age. They also offer ways in which family members can help their aging loved ones in their journey of meaning-making. Bringing together the pieces of one’s life through meaning-making is vital for older adults and offers a precious gift for their loved ones!

Softcover Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Page Count: 154

About the Authors:

Annette M. Lane, RN, PhD is an associate professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University. Her areas of expertise include older adults with mental illness and families.

Marlette B. Reed, BEd, MA, is a community chaplain and pastor in Calgary, Alberta. Her expertise lies in pastoral care, including almost a decade in palliative care chaplaincy.

The authors present locally, nationally, and internationally on issues related to aging, transitions, and making meaning.