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Challenge as spiritual care by Nancy Gordon, MDiv, CASP

Since I came to the California Lutheran Homes Center for Spirituality and Aging, many staff in retirement communities and long-term care have said to me, “You know, I’m really not very spiritual and I have a hard time understanding how to serve the spiritual needs of residents.” Also, our system’s Vitality team leader has expressed frustration about the inability to quantitatively measure the effectiveness of programming around spirituality. She can provide hard numbers on the increased fitness of virtually any participant in her fitness and swimming programs, but how does she or anyone else measure spiritual growth?

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