The Value of Senior Volunteers


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Home Instead Senior Care has launched a new public education program and contest called Salute to Senior Service. The program honors the outstanding senior volunteers, not only in the Phoenix area, but also around the country. One senior volunteer from each state – aged 65 or older and who volunteers at least 15 hours per month – will be honored as a Senior Hero, and from those state winners a national winner will be selected. That national winner will receive a $5,000 donation to their nonprofit charity of choice, courtesy of Home Instead Senior Care.

While this contest provides a great opportunity to recognize our senior volunteers, our gratitude shouldn’t be relegated to once per year. The seniors we encounter volunteering in churches, hospitals and senior centers should be treated with respect and kindness every day. Many of them are volunteering because it helps them feel better, whether they suffer from a chronic health condition or feelings of isolation and depression – volunteerism is a proven coping mechanism, according to the research we conducted as part of the program.

If you need to be further convinced, here are the compelling reasons why seniors volunteer:

  • 99% want to help others
  • 99% want to make a meaningful difference in their communities
  • 99% want to provide assistance to causes they care about

Volunteerism is a significant factor in “changing the face of aging,” which is what we’re all about at Home Instead Senior Care. Let’s prove to the rest of the country that our seniors are a valuable asset through the volunteer work that they do, and change the perception that aging is lonely.

We encourage you to nominate a senior volunteer for our award through the website, www.salutetoseniorservice.com. Nominations will be accepted through March 15, 2012.

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