So Many Ways to Serve


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You know what they say about people who give of their time and energy to help their community? "Once a volunteer, always a volunteer."​

In truth, we're not sure we've ever actually heard anyone say that, but if they don't, they should. Just take a look around at the people you know who volunteer. They're always up to something good. And, chances are, they have been for years.

While many volunteers would say that serving is its own reward, one of the great side benefits about volunteering is that it can have real, quantifiable benefits for the person who does it. This might be especially true if that person has a chronic condition such as arthritis, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, dementia or Alzheimer's disease. In fact, according to research conducted by Home Instead, Inc., 75 percent of seniors with chronic conditions who volunteer said that volunteering helps them manage their conditions.

Some of the perks of volunteering they reported include:

  • A greater sense of purpose
  • Improved physical health from staying active
  • Less loneliness/staying connected
  • Improved mental acuity
  • Distraction from pain or other issues

Volunteering can take many shapes as well. Even when a physical or cognitive issue might prevent someone from serving others in the ways we traditionally think of, there is still plenty they can do. Some ideas include:

  • Writing letters to deployed service people
  • Knitting blankets or mittens for needy children
  • Greeting families at a hospice
  • Participating in a prayer chain
  • Becoming a phone friend for other homebound seniors

The key is to identify something that the would-be volunteer finds meaningful, and adapt the service to suit their abilities.

For more information about the health and well-being of seniors, please contact us!

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