The Islamic Elderly And Western Care Practises : Are We Ready For A Change?

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The Islamic Elderly and Western Care Practises: Are we Ready for a change?

Almost every religion and culture has a unique perspective on ageing and that perspective guides the care that the elderly receive from their prospective culture. However, as we as a society are becoming increasingly multicultural, there needs to be some understanding as to how western society can do a better job in creating a comforting environment for our aging based on the religious and cultural backgrounds of our elderly. As of “2011 there were 1,053,945 Muslims living in Canada, comprising 3.2 percent of the national population. This represents the second largest religious group (after Christianity), and is one of the fastest growing segments of the Canadian population.” ("Survey Of Muslims In Canada 2016") What this tells us, is that we need to begin to study and understand the growing number of previously disregarded religious and cultural minorities in Canada. With the increasing number of Muslims immigrating to Canada, we are also going to see an increase in the number of elder individuals with a Muslim belief system. In order to serve these aging adults we need to research and understand their backgrounds and beliefs. When examining the Islamic faith one must begin with the Quran, this is the principle guiding source for believers. The Quran is clear in its message regarding how the elderly should be viewed by society, and there are many specific versus within the document that outline…

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