What are the most prevalent characteristics of mature adults in terms of religion?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Studies of older adults have connected their happiness, health, and morale to their spirituality. Mature adults, especially those who are retired, turn their focuses away from material acquisition, placing more emphasis upon their inner experiences. These are connected to such things as their families, creative work, religious beliefs, experiences with nature, and even mystical experiences, many of which originate with serious illness.

Because older adults have more time and are less anxious about such things as jobs, mortgages, etc., they demonstrate increased mental and spiritual reflections, more interest in satisfaction with their lives, and even intuitive and spiritual experiences. Since they are more relaxed and connected to their inner beings, many become more religious and attend church services regularly. There, too, they develop a sense of community and connection with others who share their perspectives.

Naturally, experiences with cancer and other illnesses cause older adults to sense their mortality; therefore, they often seek solace, inspiration, and guidance from religion in their hopes for an after-life.

glendamaem | Student

There are no prevalent characteristics of mature adults in terms of religion because every person's perspective on religion is unique from than that of others. Different aspects shape one's opinion towards religion. It can be the influence of their friends, co-workers, parents, teachers, different types of mass media, interactions in social networking sites, and many others.