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Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia

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SCORTEGAGNA, Helenice de Moura; PICHLER, Nadir Antonio  and  FACCIO, Lúcia Fernanda. The experience of spirituality among institutionalized elderly people. Rev. bras. geriatr. gerontol. [online]. 2018, vol.21, n.3, pp.293-300. ISSN 1981-2256.


To identify the meanings attributed to the experience of spirituality when faced with life situations among elderly persons living in a long-term care facility.


A qualitative, exploratory and descriptive survey was carried out, based on interviews with eight elderly people living in a long-term care facility for the elderly in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.


The content that emerged from the interviews underwent qualitative analysis for the extraction of units of significance and the elaboration of two thematic categories: Spirituality/religiosity as a direction of life and spirituality/religiosity as a meaning for life and a source of renewal, fulfilment and happiness.


When describing the experience of spirituality as an important strategy for finding meaning in life, the elderly persons in this study revealed it to be a psychic and emotional support for coping with existential challenges. This knowledge allows professionals working in these institutions to invest in practices that incorporate spirituality as an element of the comprehensive care of the elderly.

Keywords : Aging; Homes for the Aged; Spirituality; Religion and Science..

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