Many of us see the new year as an opportunity to start fresh and become better, happier and healthier.
Volunteering can help on all counts. Did you know?
A Carnegie Mellon University study found that adults over age 50 who volunteered regularly were less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-volunteers. (But why wait until you’re 50?)
A UnitedHealth Group study reported that 76 percent of people who had volunteered in the past 12 months said it made them feel physically healthier.
Also in the UnitedHealth study, 94 percent of those recent volunteers said it improved their mood, and 78 percent said it lowered their stress levels.
If you’ve resolved to volunteer in 2018, ElderServe has several options:
Friendly Visitor: We have 30 older adults waiting to be matched with a Friendly Visitor. As a match, you’ll spend time with your senior a couple times a month, doing activities that you both enjoy. Maybe it’s catching a movie, playing cards, having lunch or crafting.
TeleCare: This program is a wonderful opportunity for someone with limited time or mobility. All you need is a phone to check in with seniors once a day, Monday through Friday. We need 10 more volunteers.
Adult Day Health Center: Do you have a special talent, such as singing or playing an instrument? You could really brighten the day of the seniors who attend our ADHC.
Senior Center: Needs at our Senior Center can vary, so if you have a skill or talent that you think might be useful, please let us know when you complete your volunteer application.