Volunteering: Good For The Body, Mind And Soul

Sunrise Senior Living  |  August 6, 2012

When seniors retire from a lifelong career, they may be at a loss as to what to do with the amount of time freed up in their schedules.

How can I volunteer?

Whether you want to get involved in something like the Senior Corps or volunteer in a smaller way, there are seemingly endless opportunities for seniors to get involved. Residents at Sunrise Senior Living communities have ample opportunity to volunteer. Whether assisting with outings and activities or participating in weekly community service projects, getting involved in the retirement community is an easy way for seniors to stay active and engaged while making new friends and learning new skills.

Is volunteering with Sunrise just for seniors?

Seniors are not the only ones who have the opportunity to volunteer through Sunrise. People who are interested in volunteering should consider contacting a representative at their local Sunrise Senior Living Community about getting involved. Volunteers have the opportunity to visit with residents and organize outings for them. Volunteers can also spend quality time with some of the older adults who live at Sunrise by attending coffee chats and afternoon socials, both of which are run within the community.

Additionally, volunteers will have the opportunity to try the Sunrise Signature Dining Program firsthand, as the retirement community also allows volunteers to help with cooking classes and provide lunch and dinner to the residents.

Why is volunteering important?

People may choose to volunteer for a number of reasons. For example, seniors in their retirement years may make giving back their new career path. There are also a number of benefits in both physical and mental health that come along with volunteering.

Getting involved, staying fit

Without somewhere to go and something to do, it's easy for many seniors to experience a decrease in physical fitness. Without a routine and something to get them moving, they may have a decline in their overall health and see some health conditions worsen. Volunteering - whether that means taking kids on fishing trips or even going downstairs at a senior living community to lend a hand during game night - can serve as a way of keeping seniors active.

Mental and emotional health

Perhaps some of the most profound benefits of volunteering occur in the brain. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly a fifth of all Americans over age 65 experience depression, whether from loneliness or a general lack of energy for life. Volunteering offers opportunities to explore a career path a senior had always wanted to try, or pursue a hobby or passion he or she had not been able to during their first career.

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