New Research from Senior Corps: Volunteering Is Good for Seniors’ Health
Research shows that volunteering is good for the health and well-being of volunteers. But for older Americans with low-incomes and lower levels of education, a group especially at risk for poor health outcomes, many obstacles can make it difficult to volunteer.
As a result, these individuals may miss out on the health and well-being benefits of volunteering, and communities may miss out on the service these individuals provide.
A new independent report sponsored by Senior Corps and the CNCS Office of Research & Evaluation (ORE) on older adult volunteers offers some good news: Senior Corps provides the access, structure, and financial support for low income, at-risk Americans 55 and older to live happier, healthier lives while making a difference in their communities.
In fact, the research shows that Senior Corps volunteers feel healthier, less depressed, and more connected compared to those who do not volunteer regularly.
Visit seniorcorps.gov/healthyvolunteers to read the full report, issue brief, and more.
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Volunteers can choose assignments that support more social contact and team work or they can work in their own home knitting hats, scarves, mittens and lap robes. Volunteers can learn new skills in crafts, counseling Medicare/Medicaid recipients, tutoring students, or providing community education in emergency preparedness.
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