Updated: Dec 17, 2018
Community service and volunteering are becoming more and more popular – even among older Americans. Being involved in the community benefits you and the people around you. Engaging in meaningful work can prevent mental health issues and provide physical benefits by being active and social.
One in four older Americans makes a positive impact through volunteering.
There are many benefits to volunteering. It can improve your mental and physical health.Volunteers report greater satisfaction in life and a greater sense of purpose in life. Also, studies suggest that volunteers are likely to live longer. Here’s how you can get started in giving back:
Schedule. Determine how much time you can and want to give. Then, choose community service projects that fit your lifestyle.
Tailor. Get involved in something that matches your interests and skills. You can visit nationalservice.gov/serve for tips and inspiration.
Support. Reach out to your neighborhood, spiritual community, or club to find programs that need help or different volunteer opportunities. Ask friends or family or even other seniors in the community to join you.
Getting involved and giving back is a great way to improve your overall wellness.