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God Changed Their Lives: The Value of Religion in the Elderly

Lee, Tsai-Feng; Wu, Lifen

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000029
Feature: research

ABSTRACT: A descriptive phenomenological study of important life experiences of elderly Christians in Taiwan was conducted to explore how religion influences their lives. Three themes emerged from the responses of participants, offering insight into how religious beliefs impact the elderly.

For the elderly, the meaning and value of life may be constantly threatened. Does belief in God make a difference in accepting the imperfections of life?

Tsai-Feng Lee, MSN, RN, teaches in theDepartment of Nursing, Hungkuang University, Taichung, Taiwan, as a Clinical Internship Instructor. She is a member of Taiwan Nurses Christian Fellowship.

Lifen Wu, PhD, RN, is with the Department of Nursing, National Taichung University of Science and Technology, Taichung, Taiwan, and Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the Health College, and Associate Dean of Taiwan Nurses Christian Fellowship.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 5/20/2013.

© 2014 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship