Date of Award

Spring 2009

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Bull, Margaret

Second Advisor

Stohrer, Walter

Third Advisor

Wilson, Sarah

Abstract

Elders with dementia often do not have their spiritual and religious needs met due to a lack of understanding of the meaning of spirituality and religion in the elder's life. In order for nurses to adequately meet the spiritual and religious needs of the increasing population of elders with dementia, knowledge of the meaning of spirituality and religion is vital. This study describes the meaning of spirituality and religion in elders with dementia. Key concepts defined for the study include spirituality, religion, dementia, particularly Alzheimer's disease, and the philosophical term meaning.

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