Posted on Jul 11, 2012
Most seniors have spent 40-50 years in the work force and would never consider going back to work, especially for free. But think about this -- volunteering is a great way for seniors to stay active and give back to their community. Not to mention, it can really benefit their health.
Often, people spend their whole career doing something they aren’t truly passionate about. Being a volunteer allows seniors to do something that is meaningful to them. Whether they are passionate about working with kids, animals, the underprivileged, other seniors, gardening, or history; seniors will feel fulfilled volunteering where they are truly interested.
Recent studies have shown that volunteering helps seniors maintain mental and physical health and well-being. By volunteering, seniors will be physically and mentally engaged in ways that they otherwise wouldn’t. Volunteering is considered a productive activity which has been credited with slowing the aging process and maintaining good brain function.
Some seniors may think committing to a volunteer program will be too much for them, leaving them worn out and with no time for themselves. This is not the case. Seniors can make their own schedule for volunteering and spend as little or as much time as they feel comfortable with.
Senior volunteers are great for their community and volunteering is great for seniors. Encourage the seniors in your life to contact their church, community center, food bank, local school, or library for ways they can volunteer their time.