Elderly Info

The food crisis in Guatemala is having a devastating effect on the elderly. Without enough to eat, many older people are becoming weak and malnourished, leaving them more vulnerable to illnesses that they cannot afford medical care for. They are unable to provide for even their most basic needs. In many cases, family members are unable to help as they struggle to feed themselves and their own children, leaving the elderly without any form of support and often living in heartbreaking conditions.

Please help us bring them the life-sustaining food and medical care that they so desperately need. General donations are used to ensure that we always have an adequate supply of food, medicine, and funds for meals, necessary medical treatment, and transportation. Monthly sponsorship would help feed one person, once a day for five days a week. Via blog and web album, we'll show you exactly where your aid is going and help you get to know the men and women whose lives you are changing.

If you would like to sponsor an elderly person for $35 a month, please click here and write "monthly sponsorship'' in the Other box. To make a one-time donation for medicine, rent, or other costs, please click here and enter "Elderly Care Program" in the Other box. Any questions can be directed to Amy at amy@mayanfamilies.org

Media on Mayan Families Elderly

Ancianos : Megan Gette + photos by Rob Bain, Nisa East, Rhett Hammerton and Hiroko Tanaka

Mayan Families- Ancianos Stories : Nisa East

Mayan Families Elderly Feeding Care Program : Rhett Hammerton

Facing Hunger: Elderly in Rural Guatemala

Sep 26, 2011

Medical Help for Our Elderly!

We are so happy to report that we have a new doctor volunteering with our Elderly Care Program!  Thanks to this doctor, we are able to visit our elderly every week and give them a general examination.  The doctor brings along some basic equipment and talks with each elderly person about his/her pain and ailments.  It has been a wonderful gift to be able to go into the homes of our elderly and give an overall medical assessment.  From these visits, we then try to procure the proper medicines for each of them, or we run more tests, etc.

However, we are not just assessing physical health, but the doctor is also focusing on the elderly's community activities and their ability to leave their house and engage in social opportunities.  As you all know, it is important not to only be physically healthy, but to also have a dignified sense of purpose and relationships.  We are trying to assess all of these aspects of each of our elderly.  It is a big undertaking, but we believe that each person deserves the time and effort so that we can try to create opportunities for better health and better communities.

Here are a few pictures of our recent visits:

If you would like to help our elderly, please donate to this important program.  Please go to Donate Now, and scroll down.  Enter your donation in the "Other $" box.  In the "Details" box, write "Elderly Care Program".  Many of our participants are bed-ridden and are dependent on the warm, nutritious meal that we bring to them every day.  We are committed to letting each of our elderly know that there are people who still care for them and we are trying to give them comfort and joy in their final years.  Thank you so much for being part of this valuable endeavor!

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