Recent research out of the Corporation for National and Community Service revealed that 18.7 million adults aged 50 and over contribute, on average, more than 3 billion service hours to their communities. They make a significant impact in many areas of volunteering such as:
- Helping a disabled person live independently
- Tutoring or mentoring youth
- Providing assistance to job veterans and their families
- Disaster relief efforts
Just as importantly as helping others, their research has shown that volunteers also get a kick-back health benefit from lending a hand which includes:
- Lower mortality rates
- Lower rates of depression
- Fewer physical limitations
- Higher levels of well being
- Increased activity levels
- Positive sense of purpose and feeling useful
Also important, the effects of volunteering on the health of people aged 50 and over were independent of income, education level, or marriage status. The researchers concluded that people who spent time volunteering reaped more health benefits than those who did not.
Want to volunteer? Check out your local community resources, or expand your volunteering nationally or globally by visiting Cross Cultural Solutions or Global Volunteer Network websites.