The importance of cultural and spiritual life for older people in residential aged care

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Abstract

The Productivity Commission Report highlights the expected increase in the number of Australians aged 85 and over, to be 1.8 million (5.1 % of the population) by 2050 (2011 p.xxiv). This report also shows that there will be corresponding growth in diversity among older Australians in their preferences including a desire for 'culturally relevant care' (2011 p.xxiv). Cultural care will be important for older people in the future as Australia's population of those from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB) is expected to increase to over 40% between 2011 and 2026. At this time one in four Australians aged 80 and over will be from a NESB. The aged care sector has recognised this diversity and within the Aged Care Accreditation Standards (ACAS), culture is linked to spirituality under the expected outcome 3.8 'Cultural and spiritual life'. Spirituality as a resource for wellbeing and positive clinical outcomes has been extensively demonstrated in the literature and assists in transcending suffering, pain and despair and facilitates coping with illness (Chiu et al., 2004; Dobratz, 2002; Ferrell & Coyle, 2008).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-14
Number of pages2
JournalInformage
VolumeAutumn 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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