After retirement, plenty of seniors still wish to keep busy. One ideal way to fill the void of a traditional 8 to 5 is to volunteer. Aside from the wonderfully rewarding benefit of knowing others are being helped, research actually shows there are mental and physical benefits for the volunteers, which can be especially valuable for seniors receiving dementia home care in Grand Rapids. If your loved one is looking for something new to do, encourage him or her to find a cause they’re interested in and offer their time to reap some of the benefits below.
Meet new people.
As a senior citizen, it can become difficult to make new friends. While some seniors meet through part-time work or church, more and more seniors are making new friends though volunteering. Volunteering offers an opportunity to meet likeminded people who are passionate about the same thing and also enjoy giving back to others.
Improve mental and physical health.
Research has shown volunteers have lower rates of morality, depression, and physical grievances such as arthritis than those who do not volunteer. Being around others and participating in group tasks helps alleviate loneliness and give a sense of accomplishment.
Develop new interests and purpose.
It’s never too late to engage in a new hobby. Whether it’s planting trees for a neighborhood beautification project or reading to school children in the afternoons, a new project can be a mentally stimulating and rewarding task. Committing to a new hobby will also give seniors a sense of purpose and something to look forward to regularly.
Feel valued and appreciated.
Communities don’t develop overnight, and everyone could use a hand now and again. Give back to an organization that is personally meaningful. Volunteer coordinators often need help more than they can express and are always incredibly grateful.
Does your loved one enjoy getting out of the house but your schedule can’t accommodate their transportation needs? Find a caregiver through Grand Rapids Home Care Assistance who can provide transportation, run errands, and help around the house. Call a trusted Care Manager at (616) 243-0835 and schedule a free in-home consultation today.