Religion in Older Adulthood
Religion is an important part of millions of people’s lives. Religion gives someone a sense of belief and faith, in a world with many questions. An authority figure that children and adults go to when they are faced with a religious dilemma is an older adult. Santrock (2013) stated that, a belief in God is more prevalent in older adults than any other age group. Many important figures in religious roles are older adults. Religion meets some important psychological need in adults (Santrock, 2013). Interview
I chose to interview my grandmother Josefina Walker. She is 66 years old and has been living with my family, in Bakersfield, for 3 years. She has 5 daughters and 10 grandchildren. I chose my grandmother because she’s a very religious person and I knew she would have great insight. Josefina talks about how long she’s been devoted to her faith when she said, “I’ve been catholic my entire life. I was baptized when I was a baby and went to church twice a week. My mother use to go to church 3 times a week so naturally we went with her”. Growing up in Mexico religion is an important aspect of everyday life. However moving from Mexico to California really messed up her church going schedule, “Yeah I use to go twice a week but then when I moved to L.A I had to take some time out and when I had my first daughter I wanted her to be raised in it so I started going again once we moved to Wasco, CA”. As we talked about raising 5 girls I wanted to know how many times she goes now that she has more free time. She mentioned that, “I go twice a week. I go Wednesday for bible study and Sunday for church. The reason a religion draws someone in is different for every person. Josefina talks about how, “I like the sense of community I feel when I go there. I believe in the teachings since I was a little girl and it’s never changed. I liked that whenever I feel like I have a heavy heart I can go to confession and have the weight...
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