Presentation on theme: "What the Bible and Society say The two views on ageing Issues and attitudes facing older people What can be learned from older people."— Presentation transcript:
What the Bible and Society say The two views on ageing Issues and attitudes facing older people What can be learned from older people
SOCIETY’S VIEW-(1) A social problem-a nuisance-a burden. They will bankrupt pension, health and other welfare systems. Non-productive and a drain.
SOCIETY’S VIEW-(2) ‘Past-it’ and out of touch with modern life Undesirable or ugly with little or no value Ageing denied to keep away the reality
A BIBLICAL VIEW-(1) Old age is a blessing from God Deuteronomy 5 verse 33 Psalm 92 verses 13 to 15 Isaiah 46 verse 4
A BIBLICAL VIEW-(2) A general part of God’s purposes for life Genesis 25 verse 8 1 Chronicles 29 verses 26- 28 Job 42 verse 16 and 17
A BIBLICAL VIEW-(3) The fulfillment of a life devoted to God ‘He has made all things new, past sins forgiven, abundant and eternal life’ 2 Corinthians 4 verses 16-18
A BIBLICAL VIEW-(4) Wisdom is an attribute of older people who depend on God Proverbs 9 verses 10 to 12 Proverbs 3 verses 13 and 15 -16
A BIBLICAL VIEW-(5) Older people have continuing moral responsibilities Titus 2 verses 2, 3 and 4 following
ISSUES AND ATTITUDES-(1) Invisible, irrelevant, not important, nuisances. Rarely portrayed as being wise and understanding. A ‘failure’ if you have grey hair and wrinkles.
ISSUES AND ATTITUDES-(2) Life is becoming more complicated/Financial insecurity, loneliness and fear about the future Blame for society’s ills
WRVS SURVEY The elderly in Britain are more likely to suffer ageism in NHS health care & in their daily lives than in Germany, Sweden or Netherlands. They are far lonelier with many going weeks without seeing family or friends. A far higher proportion of British elderly live in poverty than in those countries with many having to cut back on food & heating.
WHAT CAN BE LEARNED?-(1) Lessons in how to cope with life, esp. trials and difficulties. Earthly and heavenly wisdom and a wealth of experience. Live good lives and don’t spend what you do not have.
WHAT CAN BE LEARNED?-(2) People’s value for who they are. Importance of relationships. Patience and tolerance. How to work together for a common cause.
WHAT CAN BE LEARNED?-(3) Teach the younger about taking care of resources, making them last and not wasting things. (Ann Wills)
WHAT CAN BE LEARNED?-(4) Learn a different perspective on life, get connected with history, a deeper awareness of our recent past. Learn commitment and perseverance. (Buddy Reeve)