In Focus

Stand up for Seniors

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
—Mark Twain—

In this issue of SAconnects (the magazine), we’ll explore some of the ongoing Salvation Army ministries that involve senior citizens. The Old Testament book of Leviticus speaks to the honor and care that is to be shown to all who fall into this growing segment of our population. “Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:32).

If I were to add my commentary to this verse, I might say, “Listen to your elders, they have much to tell you about life, faith, and service.” I personally have been deeply blessed and influenced by the life stories of my parents, in–laws, retired officers, soldiers, and many others—when I have taken the time to listen.

I was recently involved in a small group discussion with friends when someone described their experience of visiting an elderly parent in a care facility. Much love, care, and listening took place.

My friend said that the challenge came in realizing that many other patients did not have family or friends visiting them. A staff member, who confirmed my friend’s concern, said, “some never have a visitor.”

The ministry of The Salvation Army provides each of us with an opportunity to engage our senior citizens in many positive ways. Let us listen, let us love, let us involve ourselves, and let us “stand up” for them.

—  Lt. Colonel James LaBossiere
Secretary for Program

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