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Uncategorized | 06/17/21
Retirement gives you the freedom to do as you please, get up when you choose, go out, or stay home. Often, retirees are surprised by how challenging it can be to fill all those hours in a day. Many of them find that taking advantage of senior volunteering opportunities is more than just a way to pass the time; it’s a rewarding way to give back to the community and feel a renewed sense of purpose. And there’s another benefit—volunteering is great for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
A four-year study by Harvard researchers involving 13,000 participants concluded people over 50 who participate in senior volunteering opportunities for about two hours weekly have a considerably lower risk of death. The study found that altruistic activity helped people fend off feelings of loneliness, depression, and hopelessness, all of which contributed to lowering the death risk.
In a similar study where researchers compared the health of AmeriCorps volunteers ages 55 and older to non-volunteers in the same age group, they found roughly 80% of volunteers reported having good, very good, or excellent health versus just 50% among the non-volunteers. Giving back through volunteerism can also help improve cognition, relieve feelings of isolation, and help engage you in more physical activity. In other words, everybody wins.
As to where and how seniors are volunteering their time and energy, the options are practically limitless. If you’ve been wondering, “What services can I volunteer for as a senior?” we have several suggestions below.
Residents of beautiful Crestwood Manor love where they live for many reasons. They relish the engaging, active lifestyle there, as well as the luxury amenities and superb Life Plan Community care options that give them great peace of mind.
But many Crestwood Manor residents also place great importance on community and giving back, and they cherish the wealth of senior volunteering opportunities they have in Whiting, New Jersey. If you’d like to learn more about the Crestwood Manor lifestyle, fill out our contact request form, and we’ll be in touch to answer questions and arrange a tour. We look forward to meeting you!