This book, first published in 1989, attempts to identify from within religious cultures those elements of tradition, behaviour and lifestyle that are health protective in that, by adhering to them, physical, mental and social wellbeing will be maintained as people grow old. It examines how different faith traditions view aging and its impact on health.
Table of Contents
1. Behaviour, Lifestyle, Religion and Aging in a Global Perspective: An Introduction William M. Clements 2. Lifestyles Leading to Physical, Mental and Social Wellbeing in Old Age Paul Tournier 3. Islam and the Health of the Elderly Hakim Mohammed Said 4. Add Life to Years the Buddhist Way Daw Khin Myo Chit 5. Church Conservatism and Services for the Elderly Rebecca G. Adams and Bonnie J. Stark 6. Judaism: Lifestyles Leading to Physical, Mental and Social Wellbeing in Old Age A. Michael Davies 7. The Teachings of Confucianism on Health and Old Age Takehiko Okada 8. Catholicism, Lifestyles and the Wellbeing of the Elderly Carmen Barros 9. On perennial Youth and Longevity: A Taoist View on Health of the Elderly Fumimaso Fukui 10. A Study of the Health of the Elderly from the Standpoint of Shinto Takeshi Mitsuhashi 11. Religious Factors in Aging, Adjustment and Health: A Theoretical Overview Jeffrey S. Levin