As outlined in the Social Principles, the United Methodist Church has long had a strong interest in the rights of the aging. In recent years the marked increase in life expectancies in most parts of the world has significantly expanded both the opportunities and the challenges of dealing with this valued segment of our population. Opportunities -- as persons live longer and healthier lives, society will be the richer for having found ways to continue to utilize their energy, experience and skills. Challenges - the elderly are often among the most vulnerable groups in a nation's fabric. We must encourage the development of programs among employers and the government, as well as social organizations, to include the faith communities, that will provide the necessities of adequate retirement income security, health care, housing and other social services so that the aging population can continue to enjoy the dignity, respect and sense of well being that they have deservedly earned.
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