Abstract: One method to manage stress in the elderly is by increasing their relationship with God or increasing their spirituality. The results of observations found that the elderly who often follow spiritual activities have a good way of solving problems, while the elderly who distance themselves from spiritual activities tend to be more emotional in solving problems. The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship of spirituality with coping mechanisms of the elderly in the Official Service Unit (UPTD) Rumoh Seujahtra Geunaseh Sayang Ulee kareng Banda Aceh. We used correlative descriptive research design using a total sampling of 70 elderly. We collected the data using a questionnaire on July 14-23, 2017. The results of the study found that 52.9 % elderly had negative coping mechanisms, 57.1 % had good spirituality, 62.9 % had good spirituality in terms of the relationship with oneself, as well as the relationship with nature (60.0 %), the relationship with others (54.3 %), however, the relationship with God was insufficient (61.4 %). In addition, there was a relationship between spirituality and coping mechanisms (p-value: 0.006), spirituality in terms of relationships with oneself (p-value: 0.010), spirituality in terms of relationships with nature (p-value: 0.004), spirituality in terms of relationships with others (p-value: 0.002), spirituality in terms of a relationship with God (p-value: 0.002). In conclusion, there is a relationship between spirituality and coping mechanisms of the elderly in UPTD Rumoh Seujahtra Genaseh Sayang Ulee Kareng Banda Aceh in 2017. It is necessary to increase the spiritual ability of the elderly to improve the coping mechanism of the elderly.
Keywords: spirituality, coping mechanism, elderly, self, nature, others, God