Jul 31, 2018 by Tammara LaCasse
If your loved one has an in home caregiver, he or she will likely talk about the benefits that volunteering can have on your beloved senior. Since caregivers do free up time in your loved one’s home, your senior is left with extra time on their hands and this extra time can be used to connect with friends, go to social gatherings, or even volunteer. Many seniors have found that they want to use this time to volunteer and help others. There are many different volunteer opportunities available from the local pet shelter to the local church.
Seniors who volunteer their time are not just helping others, but they are also helping themselves at the same time. Your loved one’s in home caregiver wants you to know that multiple studies have been done and they show the true benefits of volunteering for seniors. The American Geriatric Society has presented a study that shows that seniors who are 65 and older AND volunteer live longer than those who do not.
In addition, other studies have shown that seniors who volunteer are socially active and they suffer less from social isolation and feelings of loneliness. These seniors also are healthier and have a decreased chance of depression and heart disease when compared to other seniors who do not volunteer. Your loved one’s in home caregiver wants to point out that seniors who spend their time volunteering are less likely to experience stress in the home too.
If you would like to learn more about how your loved one can volunteer, or you would like to setup transportation services for your loved one, now is the time to call Comfort Keepers. Your senior’s in home caregiver is able to provide the best care and support for your senior.