Robert C. Atchley is a distinguished professor of gerontology emeritus at Miami University, OH, where he also served as the director of the Scripps Gerontology Center. Atchley was previously a professor and chair of the Department of Gerontology at the Naropa University, in Boulder, CO, and is the author of Social Forces and Aging (published by Wadsworth) and of Continuity and Adaptation in Aging and Spirituality and Aging, both published by Johns Hopkins.

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For many people, service ó voluntarily giving aid or comfort to others ó is a spiritual experience. The motive and action of service connects them with their deeper, transpersonal spiritual nature. The capacity to perceive the spiritual aspects of everyday experience develops throughout life and usually reaches its highest levels in later life. So it is no surprise that the spiritual side of service assumes more importance as people age.

Summer 2011 Issue

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Contemplation, Mysticism, and
the Spirituality of Later Life

Out beyond ideas. . .
there is a field. Iíll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesnít make any sense.
Winter 2011 Issue

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Serving from Spirit

 Being wise and having compassion are not all or nothing [but] that exist in degrees. They are not something we have, they are capacities we can develop... qualities that we might be able to bring into being in a given situation...

Fall 2009 Issue

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