Part I. Religion and Aging in Contemporary America 1. Spirituality, Religion, and Aging: New Dimensions in Human Development. Vern L. Bengtson, University of Southern California, and Merril Silverstein, Syracuse University 2. The Current Landscape of American Religion: Diversity, Individualization, and the Implications for an Aging Population. Rhys Williams, Loyola University, Chicago. Part II. Meaning and Meaning-Making in Spirituality and Aging 3. Spiritual Journeys: Narratives of Meaning and Direction. Robert C. Atchley, Ashland Research Center 4. Meaning Making Narratives among Non-Religious Individuals Facing the End of Life. Christel Manning, Sacred Heart University. 5. The role of Questioning in Religious and Spiritual Development in Later Life. Peter G. Coleman, University of Southampton. 6. ..." A multitude of years should teach wisdom" (Job 32:7): Age-Related Patterns in Religious Observance and Importance. Ellen Idler, University of Florida Part III. Religion, Health, and Wisdom 7. The Roles of Cognition and Culture in Understanding the Links between Religion and Health. Linda George, Duke University. 8. How Religion Affects Health: Views from Midway through an Odyssey. Neal Krause, University of Michigan 9. Spirituality and Wisdom: Their Differential Effects on Older Adults' Spiritual Behavior, Well-Being, and Attitudes toward Death. Monika Ardelt, University of Florida Part IV. Changing Contexts of Spirituality and Aging 10. Religion and Spirituality for Aging Boomers: Exploring the Issues Wade Clark Roof, University of California, Santa Barbara. 11. Spirituality and Life Review at the End of Life in Old Age. Malcolm Johnson, Universities of Bath and Bristol. 12. Stages on Life's Way: Life Review through Dreams. Rick Moody, Fielding University. 13. Religiosity and Aging: Patterns of Change When Approaching the End of Life. Merril Silverstein, Syracuse University, Vern L. Bengtson, University of Southern California, and Rebecca Wang, Syracuse University Part V. Pointing Toward the Future 14. Research and Practice: Spirituality, Religion, and Aging Vern L. Bengtson, University of Southern California, Merril Silverstein, Syracuse University, and Malcolm Johnson, Universities of Bath and Bristol
Vern L. Bengtson is Research Professor in the Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Bengston held the AARP/University Chair at USC and was past president of Gerontological Society of America and a MERIT awardee from the National Institutes of Health. He has written extensively on gerontology, sociology of aging, and religion, publishing 17 books and over 250 research papers. Merril Silverstein is Marjorie Cantor Professor of Aging Studies and the inaugural holder of the Marjorie Cantor Chair in Aging Studies at Syracuse University. Dr. Silverstein's research has focused on aging in the context of family life in over 150 research publications, with added emphases on life course and international perspectives. He is a Brookdale Fellow and Fulbright Senior Scholar, and between 2010-2014 served as editor-in-chief of Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.