Elderly, A Forgotten People Group

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  • Welcome! Today we are going to look into the future, our future. For about 20% of the people in this room that future will be living in a nursing home. Look around the room 1 out of 5 of you will live in a nursing home.
  • Elderly, A Forgotten People Group

    1. 2. Elderly… “ The forgotten people group.” © 2008 Desert Ministries, Inc.
    2. 3. Introduction: © 2008 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” What responsibility does the faith community have? Everyday the numbers of older people grow exponentially. Who will care for these people? Where will the money come from?
    3. 4. Overview: © 2008 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group, and their spiritual needs” <ul><li>Part One: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Why the “widow: what is the ROI?” </li></ul><ul><li>Part Two: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Who are the widows and what does the future hold for them?” </li></ul><ul><li>Part Three: </li></ul><ul><li>“ What role can we, the faith community play?” </li></ul>
    4. 5. Part One: © 2008 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” “ Why the ‘widow’ and the ‘orphan’?: what is the ROI?”
    5. 6. Part One: “Why the widow and the orphan?” © 2008 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” <ul><li>God reveals his heart for three groups of people: </li></ul><ul><li>Widows (elderly) </li></ul><ul><li>Orphans (fatherless) </li></ul><ul><li>Strangers (immigrants) </li></ul>
    6. 7. Part One: “Why the widow and the orphan?” © 2008 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” <ul><li>God Infuses His Character. </li></ul><ul><li>By going to the widow we learn: </li></ul><ul><li>We face our mortality. </li></ul><ul><li>Values are transferred. </li></ul><ul><li>Philosophy of ministry. </li></ul><ul><li>Intimacy. </li></ul>
    7. 8. Part Two: © 2008 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” “ Who are the ‘widows’, and what does the future hold for them?”
    8. 9. Part Two: “Who are “widows”, & what’s next?” © 2008 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” <ul><li>Profile of the “widow.” </li></ul><ul><li>Global, national and local trends. </li></ul>
    9. 10. Part Two: “Who are “widows”, & what’s next?” © 2008 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” <ul><li>Profile of the “widow.” </li></ul><ul><li>Over the age of 65. (more than 24 million) </li></ul><ul><li>Five times as many widows vs. widowers. </li></ul><ul><li>One third of them live alone. </li></ul><ul><li>5.5 million live at or below poverty line. </li></ul><ul><li>Six million have difficulties with activities of daily living, (ADLs). </li></ul><ul><li>Two million live in 17, 000 nursing homes. </li></ul>
    10. 11. Part Two: “Who are “widows”, & what’s next?” © 2008 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” <ul><li>Trends: </li></ul><ul><li>Global </li></ul><ul><li>National </li></ul><ul><li>Local </li></ul>
    11. 12. Part Two: “Who are “widows”, & what’s next?” © 2008 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” <ul><li>Global Trends: </li></ul><ul><li>Majority of the elderly are women. </li></ul><ul><li>Older people are marginalized. </li></ul><ul><li>Increased life span. </li></ul><ul><li>Inverse family pyramid. </li></ul><ul><li>70% of elderly in developing countries. </li></ul>
    12. 13. Part Two: “Who are “widows”, & what’s next?” © 2008 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” <ul><li>National Trends: </li></ul><ul><li>Aging population. </li></ul>
    13. 14. Part Two: “Who are “widows”, & what’s next?” © 2008 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” <ul><li>National Trends: </li></ul><ul><li>Aging population. </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of caring for the elderly. </li></ul>
    14. 15. Part Two: “Who are “widows”, & what’s next?” © 2008 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” <ul><li>National Trends: </li></ul><ul><li>Aging population. </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of caring for the elderly. </li></ul><ul><li>Dehumanizing the elderly. </li></ul>“… if semantic gymnastics can be used to deny the humanity of the unborn, they can also be employed to deny the humanity of the born. If semantic gymnastics can be invoked to call abortion something other than killing, they can be relied upon to cover up the destructive nature of euthanasia.” - “Dehumanizing the Vulnerable” by William Brennan, Ph.D
    15. 16. Part Two: “Who are “widows”, & what’s next?” © 2008 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” <ul><li>Local Trends: </li></ul><ul><li>292,527 over 60 years old. </li></ul>Nebraska <ul><li>32,000 over the age of 80. </li></ul><ul><li>Nebraska ranks 6 th per capita. </li></ul><ul><li>30,408 living under the poverty level. </li></ul><ul><li>17,738 live in 237 nursing homes. </li></ul>
    16. 17. Part Three: © 2008 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” “ What is the role of the faith community ?”
    17. 18. Part Three: “What is the role of the Bride?” © 2008 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” <ul><li>Learn. </li></ul><ul><li>Educate. </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate. </li></ul>
    18. 19. Part Three: “What is the role of the Bride?” © 2001 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” <ul><li>Learn. </li></ul><ul><li>Attend seminars & workshops. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit care facilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the internet. </li></ul><ul><li>Network with offices on aging. </li></ul>
    19. 20. Part Three: “What is the role of the faith community?” © 2001 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” <ul><li>Educate. </li></ul><ul><li>Model behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Set aside a Sunday service to honor the elderly. </li></ul><ul><li>Create intergenerational events. </li></ul>
    20. 21. Part Three: “What is the role of the faith community?” © 2001 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” <ul><li>Advocate. </li></ul><ul><li>Penetrate and educate. </li></ul><ul><li>Criticize and energize. </li></ul><ul><li>Create opportunities. </li></ul>
    21. 22. Final Thought: © 2001 Desert Ministries, Inc. “ Elderly, the forgotten people group.” “ I always talk about being in God’s presence. I met Him today. He turned out to be an 88 year old woman.” - volunteer
    22. 23. For more information: http:www.desertministries.org [email_address] We are a Christian  organization dedicated to serving the frail elderly living in nursing homes. Many of them suffer from severe depression brought on by feelings of abandonment and loneliness. They are at the mercy of an industry in crisis.  Now when they need help the most, there is no one there for them. We recruit and train people to be &quot;family&quot; and advocates for them.  We serve them regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

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