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VOLUME 1 • NUMBER 2 • November 2015

Volunteering and Seniors

During retirement, many seniors choose to use their free time to give back to the community by finding volunteer work. While the selfless duties of volunteers bring benefits to others, volunteers also reap many rewards such as:

  • Learning a new skill and sampling a career that has always seemed interesting
  • Sharing wisdom, skills, and talent with others in the community
  • Staying physically active and mentally stimulated
  • Improving self-esteem, pride, and identity
  • Achieving a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
  • Feeling more satisfied with life
  • Socializing and making friends with others who have similar interests
  • Interacting with people from younger generations and bridging
    the generation gap
  • Showing the community that seniors can be productive and get involved
  • Supporting an organization or cause that is personally meaningful
  • Teaching children and grandchildren the importance of giving back

Finding a Volunteer Opportunity

Resources like Volunteers of America, VolunteerMatch, Civic Ventures, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) help seniors find their ideal volunteering opportunities. Visit their websites for more information. If you are looking for a local place to volunteer, try searching for schools, hospitals, libraries, nursing homes, animal and homeless shelters in your community. Inquire about the available opportunities and see which ones most closely match your interests and needs. If you look hard enough, you might even find an opportunity that rewards you for your work. For example, the Jewish Home thanks its volunteers by hosting a yearly awards luncheon and offering complimentary meals during volunteer shifts.

A Message from Dr. Marco
Dr. Noah Marco, Chief Medical Officer
Did you know the simple act of giving back can actually improve a senior's ability to stay independent as he or she ages? When seniors volunteer, they are more likely to support an active lifestyle. Regular physical activity can help to relieve stress and reduce the symptoms of chronic conditions like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, lung disease, and Alzheimer's disease. Volunteering is also an excellent way for seniors to get more mental stimulation—which helps to preserve cognitive ability and lowers the risk of dementia.

For more information about the comprehensive family of Jewish Home senior care services, contact our Connections to Care toll-free hotline at (855) 227-3745 or click here to complete our online information request form.

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