The Forgotten Ones
In 1997, Nancy Haning and her daughter Ashley were in a home delivering Christmas presents for underprivileged children when they noticed something that changed their lives – another person in the room.
The Haning’s hearts were pulled to care for this elderly man just like they had for the children. They wanted him and others like him not to feel forgotten or overlooked and to have an opportunity to celebrate Christmas. Years later, the Hanings are following God’s call and have been able to show more than 1,000 elderly community members they are not forgotten.
Aging Alone, Forgotten Friends
No one wants to be forgotten, but often that’s what happens as people age and it becomes more difficult to participate in the normal activities of a community.
That’s where the church can help. Join podcast guests Amy Hanson, a gerontologist and professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Kevin Burdett, minister of Adult Impact at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, as they share about their life’s work and mission to educate people on what older adult life looks like and ways Christ followers can minister to these adults, whether they be Baby Boomers to the frail elderly.
Through the podcast, learn what it means to age, the types of aging that exist, various groups that live within the “older” adult title and practical ways the church can help the elderly feel valued and know they are not forgotten.
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They’re known as the “saints” of the church, “our treasures,” “most revered.” There are so many names for this group. So who are they?
They’re our church members who, because of illness, disability or simply their age, are no longer able to attend church. If they are able to make it on occasion, it’s simply because someone has intentionally made a special effort to go by and pick them up, making certain that they don’t have to travel far once they’re at church to attend whatever the event might be. More »