There are many reasons why older adults volunteer. Volunteering is associated with positive human development through giving to the community. It provides a positive self-identity and sense of purpose that might otherwise be absent from an older adult’s life.
Volunteering is good for the mind, body, and spirit. It counteracts the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety.
Volunteering promotes happiness. By measuring hormones and brain activity, researchers have discovered that being helpful to others delivers immense pleasure.
Volunteering helps people stay physically healthy. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not.
Volunteering also brings fun and fulfillment to life. It is an easy way to explore interests and passions. Seniors explore vocation, share their gifts and talents, and bring joy to others.
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