Seniors who volunteer are more active than other elderly people, according to a study carried out by Home Instead Senior Care.
The care provider found that 98% of older volunteers stay active and feel better physically and emotionally than their counterparts who do not volunteer. They are also 74% more likely to overcome depression. Three quarters of the seniors who took part in the poll said volunteering regularly helps them to manage their health problems and chronic conditions.
President and chief operating officer of Home Instead, Inc. Jeff Huber said: “We know from our work with seniors that the more active an individual the more likely that he or she will continue to remain independent while aging. Those who find a way to give back, even if they have their own aches and pains and need help, realize many benefits.”
Many seniors feel a greater sense of well being when they give back to the community and use their talents to help charitable organizations.
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