Martin Luther King believed that life’s purpose should be based on what you’re contributing for others. The spirit of volunteerism does not have to die as you age, and contributing back to society can not only benefit the community but can also have a myriad of benefits for yourself. Here are some of the reasons to become a senior volunteer.
Help Prevent Isolation
Regular volunteering can help to integrate people back into the community, this can result in increased social ties. Increased participation in society and the feeling of being depended on can also give you purpose and a sense of responsibility. Increased social engagement and social ties can also increase your chances of creating meaningful and long-lasting friendships, boosting one’s mental health and reducing your likelihood of getting depression. Studies have shown that people who are involved in the community and volunteer report higher levels of well-being and lower disability than those who do not. This goes to show that volunteering can also be a beneficial act to yourself.
Increased Physical Activity
From helping to walk dogs at shelters, building homes for Habitat for Humanity, distributing or distributing welfare packs to low-income families, volunteering helps to keep people physically active, which is beneficial to your long-term health. Physical activity also helps to release endorphins and dopamine, which can boost one’s mental health as well.
Helps Prevent Dementia
Studies have shown that individuals who participate and contribute actively to the community, who stay active both physically and mentally have a lesser risk of having dementia. The importance is to avoid a sedentary lifestyle and increase your activity level by getting involved in the community. This can be especially relevant to those who might be at risk of getting dementia.
Increased Self Confidence
Contributing to the community can provide one with a natural sense of accomplishment, pride, and identity. This can contribute to your self-image and increase the confidence you have in yourself. A positive outlook can also be very beneficial to one’s mental health.
Strengthens the Community
As a volunteer, you will get to contribute to the progress of the community and witness the growth and progress of your own hard work. Your contribution, be it to improving the cleanliness of beaches, helping out at animal shelters, or delivering packs to low-income families, would be strongly appreciated by those reaping the benefits of your hard work. You will be able to contribute to and strengthen the community spirit and live as a communitarian instead of an individualist.
Lead a Purposeful Life at Conservatory At North Austin
Here at Conservatory At North Austin, we have multiple activities and events to keep our residents active and entertained, ranging from educational seminars, craft and hobby classes, and local outings around town. We also have our Ambassadors Club where you can contribute by spreading the word about us! What are you waiting for? Contact us now to learn more about what we can offer!