Posted on Dec 02, 2015
November and December are the months of holidays and giving. While most people may resort to giving presents, the Senior Helpers family wanted to focus on giving back to the community!
Just because a person is aging doesn’t mean they have to completely withdraw from their social lives and their community. In fact, supporting the community by volunteering is known to keep seniors’ minds sharp and help maintain daily life skills.
Looking for a place to volunteer is pretty easy, too! There are all kinds of places to lend a hand, and you can find the perfect charity for your aging loved one by thinking of their favorite activities or hobbies. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Pet Rescue – If your senior loves animals, then volunteering at a local pet shelter would be perfect! They will love interacting and caring for the animals, plus spending time with animals is said to boost seniors’ morale.
Places of Worship – If you and your aging loved one are religious, then places of worship can be a great place to volunteer as well as meet and spend time with people in your community! Many churches and synagogues host bake sales, food drives, etc., to support those in need.
Goodwill or Salvation Army – If your aging loved one isn’t capable of going out and donating their time, they can still give back by donating their gently used clothing, furniture, and other household goods to a Goodwill or Salvation Army. You will both feel better with a clean home and the knowledge that you helped someone in need.
This month isn’t just about giving gifts, but also giving back to those in need! You can find more charities or volunteer groups in your area here.