Volunteering has Many Benefits

by Lois Etienne on January 11, 2012

in Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Seventy percent of seniors who volunteer indicate they plan on volunteering “forever.” This percentage is slightly higher for senior volunteers who suffer from chronic health problems. In fact, managing chronic conditions and maintaining health are important motivations. Three-fourths of senior volunteers surveyed who have chronic conditions say that staying active through volunteering helps them manage these conditions. But the benefits go much deeper.

“The one thing that I hear constantly from the seniors in our programs is that volunteering gives them a purpose in life – they say that it’s the reason they get up in the morning,” said Dr. Erwin Tan, director of Senior Corps, a national organization that links more than 400,000 Americans 55 and older to service opportunities.

“It’s also a venue for developing important social connections – meeting new friends or volunteering with current ones,” said Tan, who serves as the expert U.S. source for the program. “In addition, it’s a great way for them to learn new things – whether a skill or just something about an issue in which they have an interest. Volunteering is just a great way to expand their horizons and feel like they’re still a valuable part of their community.”

It sounds like it would be beneficial for people of any age to get involved in volunteering!

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