Seniors, when it comes to volunteering later in life, those who give also
receive. The Corporation for National and Community Service has found
that volunteering provides a multitude of benefits such as:
- An increase in social networks as you get out and interact with others.
This type of social engagement has been proven to reduce stress and build
- A more physically active lifestyle reduces risk of chronic conditions,
such as heart disease and helps boost the body’s immune system,
protecting against infection and illness.
- Providing the kind of meaningful activity that promotes cognitive health
can be a powerful tool fighting depression and dementia.
Volunteering also gives you the ability to work on a project or issue that
is important to you simply because you are passionate about it, rather
than for a paycheck. As a senior you have an unique asset- the knowledge
gained from a lifetime of experiences which you can pass on to others
who need mentoring, consoling, advice or companionship. So make the choice
to help others and get busy making a difference. It could mean not just
a fuller life, but a long one too.
If you would like to give of your time and talents, please contact Volunteer
Services at Catawba Valley Medical Center at 828.326.3434 or visit us
online to learn more about CVMC’s volunteer program.