- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Jewish Lights (September 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580233481
- ISBN-13: 978-1580233484
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,166,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness
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"Teaches us how we may be present with our elderly regardless of their life stage. Compassionate and sensitive … a valuable and useful addition to the growing dialogue on the implications of aging for the Jewish community."
―Rabbi Richard F. Address, DMin, director, Department of Jewish Family Concerns, Union for Reform Judaism
“Powerfully argues that people advanced in years are ripe with possibilities for spiritual growth and offers guidance that is both practical and inspiring.”
―Rabbi Mychal Springer, associate dean and director, Field Education of the Rabbinical School, The Jewish Theological Seminary
“Impressive … draws on rich Jewish tradition to help reframe and revalue later life, a task now indispensable for our aging society.”
―Harry R. Moody, director of Academic Affairs, AARP
“[Draws] a new map of old age … connects aging with meaning with caregiving with community and makes a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. [Will enrich] the American conversations about aging, wherever they take place.”
―William H. Thomas, MD, president, Eden Alternative; author, What Are Old People For? How Elders Will Save the World
“Wise and wide-ranging … addresses some of the profound challenges for all who care about the elders in our communities and institutions…. [Will] help bring about more skilled, sensitive, holistic engagement.”
―Rabbi Natan Fenner, BCC, Bay Area Jewish Healing Center; coordinator, Torah Reflections
“An important text for social workers and chaplains of all faiths who seek to instill the wisdom and insights from a long heritage that honors our elders.”
―Rev. James W. Ellor, PhD, editor, Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging; director, Center for Gerontological Studies
About the Author
Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, MSW, MA, BCC, is a pioneer in forging a fresh vision for the second half of life. She is a spiritual leader, social innovator, scholar, author of Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide to Fostering Wholeness and editor of Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources. She founded and directed Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Friedman offers training, consulting and spiritual guidance through Growing Older (www.growingolder.co), her Philadelphia-based national practice.
Rabbi Friedman is available to speak to your group or at your event. For more information, please contact us at (802) 457-4000 or email@example.com.
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Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman
A review by MBD, M.D.
This book may appear to be addressed only to a Jewish audience. But it in fact, it presents a set of views taken from a Jewish perspective but applicable to anyone seeking to understand and deal with the issues presented. Those issues are discussed here by the highly qualified author, Dayle Friedman, who has dealt with them over decades of time.
The content is relevant to anyone who seeks to understand how to think about and interact with the aged--family members, caregivers, teachers, friends, preparing for may seem to be difficult visits with the elderly. Of particular importance is that it emphasizes the importance of our attitudes, and our words, and finally our actions as we face the dilemma of finding the right tone for our good intentions.
How should those aged individuals, living through a period toward which all of our futures are headed, be seen not just as "the elderly" but as individual persons? How on that basis can we meaningfully express our concern and love for them and therefore reassure and comfort them? But not condescend to them. How can we show them that we respect their dignity and their remaining competence and value to their world? That we might even learn from them.
These questions are meaningfully addressed in this book. Their discussion provides a framework for reaching out to the elderly, whether limited, but still productive and independent, or thoroughly dependent and disabled..
There is a message here even for those making short visits. The book gives reassurance that such visits may be useful in a way that comforts the visitor as well as the visited. As you assimilate the message and respond to the needs of the elderly, you may appreciate even further the gifts offered by this book.