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Why Volunteering At Home Is Great For Seniors

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Did you know volunteering has long-lasting positive effects on your health? It’s true! Alongside the happy feeling you get from helping a good cause, your physical health also gets a major boost Senior-Care-in-Crawfordville-FLfrom all that generosity.

In fact, people who regularly volunteer have better heart health, improved immune systems, and are less likely to develop dementia as they age. (Even more inspiration to get in the giving spirit this holiday season!)

 Healthful results at any age

Studies show that volunteering as little as two hours a week is enough to start seeing positive effects on physical health. And it’s not just younger helpers reaping the rewards! A study of over 1,500 older adult volunteers showed they were 40% less likely to develop high blood pressure than their peers. This paired with the other healthful benefits of volunteering make it an excellent addition to senior schedules.

Of course, volunteering also has significant positive impact on mental health too. Helping others gives a proven boost to self-confidence, improving depression and giving elders a sense of purpose. Seniors who otherwise may feel isolated socially feel more connected to their world. This combination of feeling great by doing great things gives an even bigger boost to physical health too!

 Do what you can, with what you’ve got

Many of us think of volunteering as an active labor sort of activity: serving food to the homeless, building new homes for the poor, or planting trees in the park. While those projects are indeed important for our communities, they aren’t the only services in need of helping hands.

Organizations encourage volunteers to help from home by making blankets and clothing for the needy. There are even charitable (and educational) games online that contribute to good causes every time you play! Check out sites like helpfromhome.org, which boasts over 800 volunteer actions you and your loved ones can do, many under 30 minutes or less!

It’s called “microvolunteering”. That is giving your time in small increments to worthy causes whenever you can. Microvolunteering is perfect for anyone who has trouble fitting extended effort into their schedule, but still wants to do their part to make the world a better place. Of course, this made us think about those in elderly care.

“Micro” is great for those seniors with in-home care because it can easily fit into a schedule, it doesn’t require travel, and it still has a great positive impact at both ends. Even giving just a minute or two to help out with a survey or play a charitable game every day can add up to some significant time overall. Time that’s not just meaningful to our health, but to our souls as well.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Crawfordville, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

 

Source
http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/volunteering-physical-benefits

http://www.retiredbrains.com/senior-living-resources/volunteering

http://helpfromhome.org/

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/work-career/volunteering-and-its-surprising-benefits.htm

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.

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