Volunteering Perks

by Lois Etienne on February 22, 2013

in Senior Health and Safety

Talk to most any senior about the benefits of volunteering, and you’ll likely get a laundry list of all the good vibes that giving back generates. Volunteering has a solid research track record of benefits. But the perks go beyond just feeling good.

“Volunteering provides many older adults with a purpose,” said Dr. Erwin Tan, director of Senior Corps, who serves as expert U.S. source for the Salute to Senior Service volunteer recognition program. “That purpose can help sustain a healthier lifestyle that includes increased physical, mental and social activity.”

It appears that volunteering pays special dividends for seniors who have chronic health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Three-fourths of these seniors (75 percent) say that staying active through volunteering helps them manage these conditions, according to research conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care® network.

Another 74 percent say the volunteering also invigorates their social networks and enables them to overcome feeling isolated. There’s no time when the risk of isolation is as great as the senior years. Volunteering gives many seniors a reason to walk out the door each morning.

LogoDon’t forget to go visit www.SalutetoSeniorService.com for more information and to nominate your favorite senior volunteer.

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