The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

1001.0: Saturday, November 9, 2002 - 3:20 PM

Abstract #52196

Special role of religion for the disabled and dying elderly: Research and policy implications

Ellen L. Idler, PhD, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University, 30 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, 732-932-7516,

Research on the impact of religious participation on the life of elderly disabled persons, and on those in their last year of life, shows marked differences in several indicators of quality of life, including greater social network connections and lower levels of depression. Policies that support the ability of local congregations to provide outreach to disabled elderly persons in the community, and that support the provision of chaplaincy services in health care institutions, could improve the quality of life for this vulnerable population.

Learning Objectives:

  • See global learning objectives for entire CEI. Scheduled for 2

    Presenting author's disclosure statement:
    I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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