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#MotivationalWisdom Straight-Talk Episode - Elder Abuse Signs

"Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth. For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul (life) take counsel together.” (Psalm 71:9-10)

Today, I am going to start with this quote the Lord gave to me, “The value of one’s life from infancy to old age is not weighed by adversaries, but He who gives life and delivers.” Just reflect on this for a moment. Now, the definition of LIFE within the contextual has three in-depth meanings: 1) According to Genesis 2:7, “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of ground and breathe into his nostrils the breath of life, man became a living being.” 2) The breath of life permeates the heart life, without breath, the human being ceases to exist; therefore, the Godhead deity is the source and sustainer of life; and 3) The quality of life that distinguishes a vital and functional human being from a dead body.

The God-given human being withholds four dimensions of “Life” within the cycle of life.

  • Lifetime – The duration of a person’s life predestined by God
  • Human Lifespan – The length of time for which a person lives or functions
  • Life Course – The entirety of an individual’s life from birth to death. Typically, a set of circumstances an individual experiences in a given society as they age
  • Spiritual Life – The life lived in and connected to the Godhead as the source of life, strength, and deliverance.

The aging life cycle around the world starts at infancy, to old age, then death. Therefore, the LIFE cycle design is a process of aging. The elder—old age is classified as an older person between 60 years and up, latter part of normal life, the state of being old or relating to a more advance time of life. Life is designed to progress if life is not stopped.

Let stop to digest
Let’s listen and read another context of scripture, Isaiah 46:4, “Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.” This context of scripture reminds us in growing old and facing human rights issues, it is the Lord which will deliver. And will instruct people to intervene. The amazement of the context is God’s people were putting their hope in idols to deliver them, but v4 specifically speaks to the aged to return them to God’s deliverance.

Let’s stop to digest
King David experienced the old age life abuse in Psalm 71, he had this view of his adversaries plotting and taking counsel to harm him. David in old age became fearful within his lifetime. However, he prays to God, the "Rock of His Salvation" to save him. This is the prayer of many of the old age saints and old age human beings experiencing some form of elder abuse. It has reached Heaven! A shift of change has already started.

Let me tell you, everything is recorded in Heaven. Every abuser has a heavenly record. The seeds you sow, you will reap at a rapid speed, and some even to death because of the willful, manipulative, wickedness.

Let’s deal with society scientists and other experts on elder abuse signs
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) reports about 1 in10 adults aged 60 and older experienced some form of elder abuse, July 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports worldwide about 1 in 6 adults aged 60 and older will experience some form of elder abuse. WHO reported in October 2021, the global aging population will increase from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion in 2050. Elder Abuse is a human rights crisis!

Elder abuse occurs from someone who is trusted including family members, caregivers, nursing home facilities, assisted living facilities, and friends.

What Are Elder Abuse Signs? Six Classifications

  1. Physical Abuse - Happens when someone causes bodily harm by hitting, pushing, or slapping. This may also include restraining an older adult against his/her will, such as locking them in a room or tying them to furniture.
  2. Emotional Abuse - Sometimes called psychological abuse, can include a caregiver or family member saying hurtful words, yelling, threatening, or repeatedly ignoring the older adult. Keeping that person from seeing close friends and relatives is another form of emotional abuse.
  3. Neglect - Occurs when the caregiver or trusted family member does not try to respond to the older adult's needs.               This may include physical, emotional, and social needs, or withholding food, medications, or access to health care
  4. Abandonment - Is leaving an older adult who needs help alone without planning for his or her care.
  5. Sexual Abuse - Involves a caregiver forcing an older adult to watch or be part of sexual acts.
  6. Financial Abuse - Happens when money or belongings are stolen from an older adult. It can include forging checks, taking someone else's retirement or Social Security benefits or using a person's credit cards and bank accounts without their permission. It also includes changing names on a will, bank account, life insurance policy, or title to a house without permission. Taking the independence of one’s finances and withholding money without access to their funds in bank accounts.

Life Lessons to Remember
Help Perspective: Let’s discuss the “Help” linkages connected to elder abuse.

  1. Know the Signs – Read about elder abuse signs and evaluate situations of the elder people you know. There are many distinct signs. (Visit the website for handout)
  2. Step in to Help – Elder abuse will not stop on its own. Someone else needs to step in and help. Many older adults are too ashamed to report mistreatment. Or they're afraid if they make a report, it will get back to the abuser and make the situation worse. (Visit the website for contact numbers)
  3. Know the Long-term Effects - Elder abuse can lead to early death, harm to physical and psychological health, destroy social and family ties, cause devastating financial loss, and more. Any type of mistreatment can leave the abused person feeling fearful and depressed. Sometimes, the victim thinks the abuse is his or her fault.
  4. Take Action – Intervene with appropriate legal actions. Do not be intimated by power plays of people or systems of practice. A person who takes life or vitality of life is a murder of productive life.
  5. Save Life – Everyone is granted life by God only. He takes pleasure in His old age saints and those appointed to salvation. The will of God is a vital life of freedom, peace, safety, and from harm.
  6. Pray for the Elder – Pray for God’s divine intervention. Pray for the elder in abuse to take courage not to stay silent. Pray a shield of protection for the elder mind, spirit, and body not to continue in the manipulation of abuse. Pray for restored and functional life, double what the abusers tried to take away. Pray every need is meet—God’s mercy and grace.

What advice from this life lesson might I give as a personal reflection and experience? Listen to what the elder-older person is saying, even if they change the conversation to reverse in fear. Watch their actions. Is it normal or have independence been taken? Observe what has been happening. What was the elder person like before? Has the elder person been withheld from visiting relatives and friends at free will? Are they constantly mentioning the abuser or building up the abuser? Whatever you do, do not stay silent! There is only one God over life. Save a life!

Be Blessed and stay connected to Jesus,

Lady Cynthia R. Kelly
God's Humble Servant
Evangelist - International Author
Host #MotivationalWisdom Podcast

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