How Seniors Can Benefit from Volunteering
As older adults reach retirement years, they can maintain an active life by becoming more involved in activities they enjoy. Volunteering is a great way for seniors to stay active and feel like they’re contributing toward something meaningful. In fact, it’s something we enjoy here at Heritage Place!
Not only can volunteering help seniors meet new friends in a positive setting, but those who volunteer can also find renewed purpose by dedicating time to a cause they care about. Besides these positive effects, volunteering can also contribute to overall wellness improvements in seniors, such as the following:
Volunteering normally involves some level of physical activity. Studies have shown that seniors who volunteer regularly often live longer and experience fewer disabilities as they age. The activity can also help improve the overall physical well-being of seniors, compared to those who don’t regularly volunteer.
The good feelings associated with volunteering can counteract stress associated with seniors’ own concerns. Plus, giving back to someone else in need has the power to minimize feelings of depression often associated with aging.
Volunteering is a social activity at its core. Seniors have the opportunity to interact with people of different age groups and backgrounds while working toward a common goal. Regularly meeting up with other volunteers can help combat feelings of loneliness or isolation that many seniors experience.
We encourage our residents to become more involved with our senior living community and the larger Bountiful, Utah area in which we live. To start, they can help out in our community garden and work with other residents to water plants and harvest fruits and veggies.
We also organize humanitarian projects, where residents can help us contribute to a good cause. For example, we recently completed a project sewing sanitary products for girls and women in Peru. One of our staff members will be traveling down to deliver them this month.
At Heritage Place, we design programs and amenities with our residents’ well-being in mind, from engaging activities to our community garden. Schedule a tour to take a peek at our community, or contact us to speak with an advisor about a care plan for your loved one.
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