Volunteering is a great activity for seniors!
Volunteering is an excellent way to spread joy throughout the hearts of the community. But it's not only beneficial for those receiving the kind gesture - it's also beneficial for those giving back. As a senior, now's a great time to experience volunteering and how it benefits those in need. What better way to enhance your quality of life than by getting active and contributing to those around you? It's never too late to lend a helping hand!
In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that about 23.5 percent of seniors volunteered last year. The numbers from previous years show a steady increase, so 2016 should be even better! It's never too late to start volunteering. Here are some of the great benefits:
1. It can make it seem like you have more time
By giving back to others, you'll feel less rushed with the time you have, Professor Cassie Mogilner explained in the Harvard Business Review after doing extensive research.
"The results show that giving your time to others can make you feel more 'time affluent' and less time-constrained than wasting your time, spending it on yourself, or even getting a windfall of free time," she said.
Consider reaching out to your retirement community about ways to volunteer locally! Your time will be used wisely.
2. It connects you with your peers
Social engagement is key for healthy aging, and volunteering poses the perfect opportunity to connect with your peers. According to Helpguide, volunteering is a great way to expand your network, all while making new friends, strengthening old friendships and improving your social skills.
Volunteering is one of the most convenient ways to meet new people, especially if you're just moved into the community. You'll be introduced to those with similar interests who want to give back just as much as you do!
3. It's great for your mental well-being
With age, certain situations can cause you to feel more stressed, angry, anxious or depressed than you once were. By volunteering, you can help combat all of those feelings! Because you will be in a social setting, your mind is less likely to wander off into depressive thoughts. Volunteering is a great way to make yourself happy and feel a sense of self-worth. Giving back to the community can help you find a new meaning and direction in life that is bound to stick around.
4. It keeps you physically active
Whether you're helping at the local animal shelter or you're donating perishables to the food bank, you have to get up and get moving to do so. Volunteering can keep you physically active, ultimately promoting active aging. NIH Senior Health reports that physical activity helps enhance your muscles, which contributes to better balance and flexibility.
How our residents Live With Generosity
At Sunrise we understand how mentally and physically beneficial volunteering is for seniors. Live With Generosity, one of our eight signature programs, helps to connect residents to important causes or local charities in their community to help maintain a strong sense of human connection. Learn more about this program here. click here.
Source: Sunrise Senior Living