Monday, April 6, 2015

4 Ways your Senior Can Benefit from Volunteering

While many people volunteer to assist seniors, there are also many seniors in the Hendersonville area who are active volunteers. Volunteering is something that can be done at any age and there are always organizations looking for help. Getting seniors involved not only gives back to the community and benefits others, but it also benefits them as well.

1. Gives a sense of purpose. After retirement sometimes seniors aren’t sure what to do with themselves. They have lost a lot of the structure to their schedule and find themselves with more free time. Volunteering can give them something to look forward to and they can take pride in knowing that they are helping others and making a positive difference. Help them to find an organization that is meaningful where they can put their skills to use. Feeling a connection to the work can be even more motivation.

2. Offers socialization. One concern that many families have about their elderly parents is worry about them being isolated. Spending too much time alone can contribute to depression as well. By getting out and volunteering they will meet others and make new friends. They can engage in stimulating conversation and simply enjoy the company. They may even find others who they share common interests with and can spend time with outside of volunteering.

3. Encourages mental sharpness. Volunteering can help to keep your senior more mentally alert. They are exercising different parts of their brain for organization, problem solving, planning, critical thinking, and other requirements of their volunteer work. They may have to think about and do things out of their normal routine. It also helps them to stay more mentally engaged and can promote self-esteem and confidence as they see the difference they are making.

4. Promotes physical activity. Volunteering allows your senior to get up and get moving. Even if they have physical limitations, they can most likely find a role that fits with their capabilities. They are not only working their gross motor skills but their fine motor skills as well. Staying active can help to reduce pain and improve overall health and wellbeing.

Explore different options available in the Asheville community and discover what would align with your senior’s interests and abilities. Encourage them to try different things until they find an activity that they like. For more options for companionship and outings, as well as assistance with activities around the home, consider in-home care through Always Best Care of Asheville-Hendersonville. We can tailor our services to fit your senior’s needs. Contact Always Best Care at (828) 989-7263 or visit us online.

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