Jun 9, 2015
by Serve Rhode Island
It helps bridge the generation gap
Young people are often encouraged to volunteer as a way to broaden their horizons, improve their college prospects, build their resumes and help others while doing it. Seniors who volunteer have a unique opportunity to work with and assist younger generations - and learn from them, too.
It helps change the way people think about older adults
By using their talents and skills out in the world in a variety of ways, seniors demonstrate that they are active, involved and essential to a healthy community.
It is good for mental health
The National Institute on Aging has reported that participating in social leisure activities and meaningful, productive activities such as volunteering may lower the risk of health problems in seniors, including dementia, as well as improving longevity. Being a volunteer can help keep the brain and the body active, which contributes to continuing cognitive health, according to numerous studies.
It helps prevent senior isolation and depression
In addition to getting seniors out of the house and into the community, volunteering has a positive effect on psychological wellness: according to the Corporation for National and Community Service, those who volunteer experience greater life satisfaction, a sense of purpose and accomplishment, more stress resilience, and lower rates of depression.
It promotes healthy physical activity
Volunteering can be good for keeping the body active! Maintaining a healthy level of physical fitness as we age helps ward off disease, injury and even dementia.
Visit the Corporation for National and Community Service website at nationalservice.gov to learn about the three Senior Corps programs in Rhode Island - Foster Grandparents, RSVP and Senior Companions.