Many seniors volunteer as a way of “giving back” to their community. It now appears that volunteering is good for your health. Evidence shows that seniors who volunteer tend to live longer and better lives. The sense of satisfaction in “serving,” a connection to others, having something interesting to do each day – can have a positive impact on health and vitality.
If you’ve considered volunteering, here are three good reasons to start:
- Volunteering increases self-confidence. Provide a boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. Doing good for others and the community will give you a sense of accomplishment, pride and identity. The better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.
- Volunteering combats depression. Reducing the risk of depression is an important benefit. Social isolation is a risk factor for depression, and volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others, and helps develop a solid support system.
- Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy. Volunteering is especially beneficial in older adults. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not, and has also been shown to lessen symptoms of chronic pain or heart disease.
Memorial offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities throughout our Family of Services, including North Star Lodge, Children’s Village, Home Health Hospice, Cottage in the Meadow and `Ohana, as well as the main hospital campus.
For more information about volunteer opportunities at Memorial Hospital, visit yakimamemorial.org/volunteer or call (509) 575-8053.