How Seniors Can Benefit from VolunteeringMarch 11, 2019
As we reach retirement age, seniors are often looking for different ways to stay active and involved in their communities. We have more time on our hands and are searching for ways to add new meaning and joy into our lives. Volunteering and giving back is a fantastic way to do just that! In fact, it's something many residents of Blue Harbor Senior Living communities enjoy!
Not only can volunteering help seniors meet new friends in a positive setting, but those who volunteer can also find renewed purpose by dedicating time to a cause they care about. From homeless shelters to animal shelters, we find many causes and organizations that need an extra hand!
Beyond providing social interaction, opportunities for friendship, and a greater sense of purpose, giving back has many other benefits, including:
#1 Improved Physical Health
Volunteering often involves some level of physical activity and encourages us to get out of the house and try something new. Studies have shown that seniors who volunteer regularly often may actually live longer and suffer from fewer disabilities as they age.
#2 Happier Moods
Volunteering can create a wonderful sense of wellbeing, happiness, and meaning. We make connections with others and can literally feel our hearts growing and coming alive!
#3 More Social Connection
At its core, volunteering is a wonderful social activity. We grow closer to our communities and enjoy a refreshing change of scene. Seniors have the opportunity to interact with people of different age groups and backgrounds while working toward a common goal. This feeling of connectedness and community can be extremely rewarding!
How We Give Back at Blue Harbor
Our activities program offers many opportunities for residents to improve their mental, physical, and social wellbeing. In addition to our regularly scheduled in-community events, we organize lots of different types of outings! Some communities may have regular trips to the local animal shelters, others may have opportunities to work with kids through intergenerational programming. Many communities have community gardens, too!
For example, at one of our lovely communities, Heritage Place in Bountiful, Utah, the True Blue team organizes a number of different humanitarian projects. As one example, they organized a project sewing sanitary products for girls and women in Peru. One of the staff members was planning to travel down to Peru, and delivered the handsewn goods to the girls. How sweet!
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We hope you found this blog to be inspiring! For more questions about our senior living communities and programs, we’d love to talk. Reach out to our True Blue team and schedule a time to say hi! Thanks for stopping by the Blue Harbor blog!
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