There are so many reasons for elder abuse, neglect, and abandonment. In some developing countries, older widows are abandoned, and their property seized. In other places, they often accuse older widows of witchcraft if there is an unexplained death or crop failure in the community. The stress level of caregivers is seen as a risk factor in elder abuse. Some other factors include lack of respect and value by the younger generation, the intensity of disease or dementia progression, and young couples relocating to populated areas, leaving elderly parents in deteriorating rural homesteads. When elderly people live in poverty, without the basic necessities of life and without family support, their risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation increases.
“Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revefre your God. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:32
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12
As both the proportion of older people and the length of life increase throughout the world, the concerns are numerous. By providing education and establishing assisted living communities, we help alleviate the problem of elder abuse and neglect. The Hands 4Life community provides programs for physical, social and spiritual needs all in a loving faith-based environment. Focusing on one community at a time, Hands 4Life helps restore and protect this fragile population in the neediest places around the globe.
We provide numerous services to ensure seniors can age with respect and dignity.
Laundry and housekeeping
Assistance with activities of daily living
“Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.” Proverbs 16:31
Limited nursing services
Spiritual and social activities
Transportation for medical care
Educational and religious programs