WELLNESS SPOTLIGHT: Seniors and volunteering

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Retirement is a time to relax and enjoy life without the pressures of work.  As people age, many can’t wait to live without so much stress and without the chaos of work. While the majority of people do enjoy having no work responsibilities at first, after a while, some retirees find it difficult to just sit around without a set agenda or purpose.

Volunteering is one way to give retirees something to do. More importantly, volunteering provides them with a way to give to their community, help others and have a purpose.

The number of senior volunteers is increasing as our baby boomers are retiring and as people are living longer, healthier lives. 

Those who decide to volunteer can modify their volunteering to fit their lifestyles. They can volunteer many hours each day or just a few hours on a couple of days each week. The desire to serve others is one of the main reasons people make the decision to volunteer. Not only does it serve those who the volunteers are helping, it also benefits the volunteers themselves. Volunteering gives the volunteer a way to exercise their skills and talents as well as giving them a way to learn new things. Additionally, it can improve the volunteer’s morale and attitude because, while helping others, people can forget their own troubles and just enjoy what they are doing.

Once people decide they want to volunteer, they should think about areas they are passionate about. There are a variety of options for volunteering, so people are bound to find something they are interested in. If someone can’t find a place to volunteer that fits their interest, there are websites that match a person’s area of interest with a volunteer organization in their area. You may be surprised at how open and appreciative businesses and organizations are to having volunteers work with them.

Marie E. Littrell is the Administrator of Park View Meadows, assisted living by Americare, in Murfreesboro. She can be reached at 615.907.5800 or murf@americareusa.net.

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