Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Retirees: Volunteering good for your health
Mercy Ships now operate in Africa. The couple, both 79, now works mainly in the home office in Texas.
In May 2012, the Corporation for National & Community Service said 18.7 million adults 55 and over contribute more than three billion hours of service.
This helps not only these countries and communities--but the volunteers.
Older people who volunteer tend to live longer. A spokesperson for Senior Corps, a program within CNCS that hooks up older people with organizations needing help, said this contention is borne out by studies. A sense of purpose? More physical activity? Whatever the reason--it's good for you.
Volunteering also exercises the brain. You learn problem solving, maybe another language.
Just teaching reading is very tricky and takes lots of brain power.
And--volunteers are less lonely and more social. They experience shorter periods of depression after a loss.
One geriatrician prescribes volunteering.
So what do you think? You up for some fun, travel, and good works?