Jun 14, 2017 by Robert Myer
Volunteering is one of the best things that your senior loved one can do to improve their own health and to help others. Many seniors who never had the time to do volunteer work in their earlier years often get excited to volunteer when they retire. Comfort Keepers elder care services can help your senior loved one find opportunities to give back to the community that will also have benefits to their health and well-being.
Staying Active & Engaged
Seniors who volunteer for causes that they are passionate about are benefiting by staying active and involved in a caring community. Many seniors struggle after retirement because they lose daily motivation and often lack a purpose in their life. After the death of a partner or the loss of close friends they may feel even more hopeless and depressed. Comfort Keepers elder care services can not only help your loved one with personal care and light housekeeping tasks, but encourage them to get out into the community to volunteer and socialize. Volunteering gives seniors purpose.
According to the National Institute on Aging, seniors who volunteer can lower their risk of developing serious health problems like depression and even Alzheimer’s disease. Staying active physically and mentally is a great way to boost cognitive function and strengthen skills like reasoning, problem solving, and creativity. Volunteering also is a fantastic way for seniors to stay physically active. Volunteering for organizations like Habitat For Humanity, The Boys and Girls Club that include physical activity into their programs will give seniors a reason to stay active. Exercise is vitally important for seniors that want to stay healthy.
Crossing The Generational Gap
Seniors who volunteer with organizations that work with children are helping to bridge the generation gap. Kids can learn a lot from seniors in their community, and seniors certainly can learn a lot from kids, too. Seniors often find Interacting with children to be a very rewarding experience, especially if their own children and grandchildren live too far away to see them often.
If you have a senior loved one near Metairie, LA that would like to volunteer in the community but has trouble getting around or could use some support, Comfort Keepers can help. A caregiver from our elder care services agency can provide transportation when they need it, or help them physically address the challenges of volunteer work. To learn more about our senior care services, contact us or call (504) 300-0115. One of our care coordinators would be happy to answer any of the questions you have about in home care and the benefits of volunteering.
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