Understanding the Needs of the Elderly

“Officially, the New Testament church at an early stage took seriously their responsibility for widows who lacked family or other resources. The office of deacon was instituted initially to address this pressing need.”
― Carolyn Custis James
Acts 6:1-15 ESV 

Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch.

Care-giving for Life!

You know you have a special way of taking care of others - maybe you've been a family caregiver or you just want to make a difference in the life of a senior.  You have a love for widows. It's something you can be proud of each and every day. Share your unique talents and experiences to help seniors stay independent at home, living the full life we all want to live.

What's in it for you?
  • You'll develop new skills and career experience. (It would be great for future job and community service references.)
  • The joy and satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference in the life of someone who otherwise would be lonely.
  • You'll possibly be learning new skills to help in a future career.
  • You'll make new friends and meet people who truly appreciate you.

"Grandma was all about the "show". She and grandpa had an authentic love, but oh how she loved to show-off! She knew this pic was destined for posterity!" Cindy Falkenberry

  • How does the Father feel concerning widows?
    • Surely hears the cry of.

      Exodus 22:23 If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;

    • Judges for.

      Deuteronomy 10:18 He does execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loves the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.

      Psalms 68:5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

    • Relieves.

      Psalms 146:9 The LORD preserves the strangers; he relieves the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.

    • Establishes the border of.

      Proverbs 15:25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

    • Will witness against oppressors of.

      Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.

Isaiah 54:4-5 ESV 

“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.

In-Home Volunteer Services 


It doesn't take much to help an elderly neighbor stay in their own home.  Becoming a volunteer for an elder who wants to be in their own home can be a rewarding opportunity for you and for them. Take a look at these suggestions on how you might be of assistance to those in your neighborhood or church, family members, or family friends. Your love, concern, care, and compassion may be all they need to flourish on their own!


♦ Respite Care 

(services that offer a brief period of rest for family caregivers)


♦ Friendly Visiting 

(home visits to reduce isolation)


♦ Telephone Reassurance 

(regular phone calls to reduce isolation and check on an elder’s safety)


♦ Homemaker Services 

(light housekeeping, meal preparation, etc.)

♦ Home Services

(yard work, house repairs)


Errand Assistance 

(stand-by prompting or hands-on help with paying bills, grocery shopping, and similar activities of daily living, scheduling important doctor visits)

 ♦ Transportation Services

(to and from doctor visits, or other important outings)

 ♦ Pick-Up for Church

A Funny Quote

I've had two proposals since I've been a widow.
I am a wonderful catch, you know.
I have a lot of money.
- Ruth Rendell

Everywhere we look we can find men and women in our communities who have been widowed.  Many have been left with distant or no family to care for them.  Take sometime to get to know them and see how you can help.  Being alone in the world is a scary thing, especially for those coming into their latter years. Getting around, and caring for themselves is hard and many just will not survive without help.