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Successfully transitioning from the working world to retirement often happens in phases. In the days immediately following retirement, a senior might feel a sense of relief and freedom. A lifetime in a structured work environment often limits a person’s ability to explore hobbies and enjoy free time.
After the early days have passed, however, a retiree might find themselves at loose ends. Feeling as if they don’t have purpose may even lead to loneliness and depression.
If this scenario sounds too familiar, you might want to consider volunteering for an agency or a cause you believe in. From a decrease in risk for depression to lower odds of developing heart disease, seniors who volunteer benefit greatly from sharing their time with others.
Volunteering during Retirement
Before you make a commitment to a charitable organization, take time to do a little soul-searching. Make sure to think through all the pros and cons of volunteer work:
Connecting with Volunteer Work
Once you’ve thought through your retirement lifestyle, take time to explore local volunteer opportunities before you commit to any single organization. A few ways you can do that include:
At Sunrise Senior Living communities, we understand the benefits that residents can enjoy when they give back. Through our Live With Generosity program, residents have plenty of opportunities to stay involved in their community through ongoing service projects.
And, we welcome non-resident volunteers to help with a wide variety of meaningful projects, including assisting with life enrichment activities. Click here to learn more!