Sep 27, 2018 by Suzanne M. White
Because seniors often have more time on their hands and they can do fun things they enjoy. Many seniors are starting to direct their interests to volunteering and it allows them to help others and take joy in it too.
By volunteering, not only are seniors helping others in the community but they are actually helping themselves. Studies done by the American Geriatric Society show that retirees who are 65 or older and volunteer are living longer than those who do not volunteer.
Additional studies have been completed that show the health benefits for seniors who volunteer. Many of the studies found that volunteers have a better social network and volunteering allows them to get out of the house and spend time with their peers, which also combats social isolation. Volunteers had an overall lower stress level too. Volunteering leads to an active lifestyle both physically and mentally and this helps to reduce chronic conditions such as depression and heart disease. Volunteering can help build self-worth, self-confidence, and self-identity in seniors, which is crucial.