How Spirituality Evolves as We Age

with Peter Kaldes,

President and CEO, American Society on Aging (ASA)

This week on the Art of Aging, host Rev. Beth Long-Higgins talks to Peter Kaldes, the President and CEO of the American Society on Aging (ASA). During this conversation, Peter and Beth discuss the difference between spirituality and religion, how spirituality intersects with different aspects of aging, the importance of understanding spirituality as a part of aging and how it intersects with different aspects of our lives, and more.
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Highlights from this week’s conversation include:

  • Peter’s journey and background (0:29)
  • Spirituality and End-of-Life Decisions (2:58)
  • Spirituality and Aging (4:19)
  • The difference between spirituality and religion (9:25)
  • Spirituality and Meaning (10:39)
  • Healing from Trauma (13:30)
  • Integrating Spirituality in Aging Services (17:24)
  • What has surprised Peter most about aging? (21:28)
  • Peter’s Role models for aging abundantly (22:37)
  • Benefits of being a member of the American Society on Aging (24:50)


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