Many studies have shown that people who become involved in volunteer opportunities live a longer and healthier life. Becoming a retired volunteer will provide you with a way to stay active, become involved and make connections to other people and keep you mentally and physically fit. The social aspect of volunteering seems to be the key to longer life. The emotional balance that comes with friendship and social bonding seems to play an important part in longevity. Keeping active also helps reduce arthritis and other ailments. Mentally stimulating activities help reduce the incidence of dementia.
Are there other benefits to being a retired volunteer besides health reasons?
When you become a retired volunteer you have the ability to make an impact on your community. The experience you have gained through your life time is easily shared with others. The foster grandparent program is desperate for seniors who are willing to share their wisdom and love with needy children. Being a senior companion also is a way to help those that can no longer perform all the required daily tasks. The ability to make a difference is, perhaps, the greatest benefit that being a retired volunteer provides.
Can anyone become a retired volunteer?
To become a retired volunteer you must be at least 55 years of age and in good health. Depending on the position you wish to assume, you may be required to get a physical. The application process is very simple and when you interview with the volunteer staff you will be able to pick a position that best suits your experience and desire. It is that simple. Contacting the Senior Corps through their website or a local charity is all you need to do to get started.