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Social practices, moral frameworks and religious values in the lives of older people

Carmel Gallagher

in Valuing older people

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422927
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422927.003.0013
Social practices, moral frameworks and religious values in the lives of older people

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This chapter seeks to understand how older people live from day to day in neighbourhoods and communities: how they interact, what their social activities are, and to what extent these activities contribute to the meaningfulness and satisfaction in their lives. It begins by exploring the religious practices and helping activities of older people in their localities. The chapter then examines the links between religious belief/practice and social connectedness, highlighting the significance of religion for personal meaning and the importance of social ties embodied in religious communities. This importance of social ties embodied in religious communities is evident in the lives of older people in Rathmore and Rathbeg. Further, the chapter illustrates how cultural practices such as greeting and chatting, and meeting for communal religious or social celebrations, represent a form of collective wisdom.

Keywords: social activities; religious belief; Rathmore; Rathbeg; cultural practices; religious practices

Chapter.  7020 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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