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Well-Being: Nurture Your Spirit

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People often find that with age, a focus on a larger meaning and purpose in life becomes more important.

This may involve:

  • Faith
  • Religious practice
  • Spending time in nature
  • Connecting with art or music
  • Quiet time alone
  • Any activity that fulfils you spiritually

You may continue lifelong religious or spiritual activities. Or, you may find a new practice that reflects your values.

Meaning and spirituality can provide you with strength and comfort in difficult times. And, it can deepen your sense of appreciation and gratitude in good times.

Programs that Work for Older Veterans

The programs and resources listed below are offered in communities throughout the U.S. and are not specifically endorsed by the VA. Open the link to learn more about the program/resource and to find a location near you.

Communities of Faith

  • Participation in religious or faith communities is often the largest source of social support for elderly people (outside of their family)
  • Request a referral to the Chaplain at your nearest VA Hospital to learn more about local faith communities or receive individual spiritual support

VHA National Chaplain Center - Locate a Chaplain

Parks and Recreation Department

  • Many people experience a spiritual connection when they spend time outdoors, in nature
  • Parks and Recreation Departments offer specialized activities/events for people who are 50+
  • Visit your local department to sign up for events such as guided hikes, bird-watching excursions, creative arts classes/lessons, and other social events

National Park Service: Find a Park

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