Seniors Staying Active by Giving to Others
In-home care offers many advantages but one that doesn’t get talked about too much is how utilizing these services can enable you to give to others.
There’s this misconception that senior living means long lonely days filled with too much time and too much falling asleep in front of the television. That may have been true about previous generations but today’s seniors aren’t like that. Many still lead very active lives working part time, volunteering, dating, traveling, and doing all those things they never had enough time to do before.
What free time?
If you’re elderly and you’re fortunate enough to still live in your home, you know that even at your age, you have quite a few responsibilities including preparing meals, balancing your checkbook, doing household chores, laundry and home maintenance, running errands, grooming and dressing, and more. All these tasks eat away at your precious time.
But by taking advantage of the varied services offered with in home care, many older individuals find that more of their time is freed up. That’s because a home companion can take of the routine tasks that need to get done so you don’t have to.
With more of your time freed up, you have more time to pursue your interests and to give back to others. One thing you’d probably derive much pleasure from is volunteering. Volunteering offers you a way to give back to your community and to others who need help. The feelings of self-satisfaction and of making a difference are truly rewarding. Even better, volunteering keeps you healthy, too.
The positive benefits of volunteering
Volunteering provides you with an excellent opportunity to get out and interact with others. Maintaining an active social life helps improve your quality of life because it helps build self-confidence, self-worth and self-identity. When you’re feeling good about yourself you can thank your endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s “feel good” chemical and their release gives your immune system a boost. With a stronger immune system your body is better able to fight all sorts of trouble.
As an older individual, you benefit in still more ways from volunteering. For example, volunteering can help reduce your risks of developing stress, heart disease, and depression. It may even lower your risk of premature death. And those are benefits that no prescription medication can provide!
Something else that’s nice about volunteering is that your opportunities are practically endless. Almost every type of business, charity and non-profit organization benefits from volunteers. Here are just a few of the many volunteering opportunities available right now: the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, local animal shelters, hospitals, schools, churches, and local government. Older individuals can help children by acting as foster grandparents. Or they can help businesspersons by joining SCORE, the Service Corps of Retires Executives. Or they can help foreign countries by joining the Peace Corps.
With so many ways to give and so many health benefits derived from giving, perhaps it’s time to find out how a home companion can help you!For more information, go to http://www.comfortkeepers.com