At The Cypress of Charlotte, our residents stay incredibly busy. With the ample availability of stimulating activities — including trips, lectures, fitness pursuits, hobbies, classes and more — you’d think they wouldn’t have time for anything else. But many of our residents also recognize the advantages of making room in their packed calendars for one very important activity: volunteering.
Research has found many benefits of volunteering, both for senior volunteers and for the recipients of their kindness. When you choose to volunteer, you benefit physically, mentally, spiritually and socially. Let’s take a look at the top five reasons you should consider volunteering your time.
- It May Boost Your Mental Health
Volunteering may reduce the risk of a number of health problems — including dementia — in seniors, research has found. In addition, it can positively affect your sense of well-being through greater satisfaction in life, better resistance to stress, and a sense of accomplishment and meaning. By fostering regular interaction with others, volunteering also can reduce the risk of depression.
- It Supports Your Physical Health
Participating in volunteer pursuits is a great way to stay active, which can reduce the risk of injuries and many chronic diseases. Some types of volunteer activities, such as cleaning up and beautifying parks and other natural areas, can really get your blood pumping. But even if a chronic health problem or disability prevents you from taking part in highly active forms of volunteerism, you can still reap the benefits. Many organizations need help with projects you can do by phone or from your computer. And research has shown that such activities may help improve many health conditions — including vision and hearing loss, diabetes and heart disease.
- It Gets You Involved in the Greater Community
When you volunteer, you gain the opportunity to get to know people of all ages and from all walks of life. Your volunteer efforts also help change society’s mindset about what older adults are capable of doing — whatever they want, in our opinion! In your life, you’ve developed significant talent, knowledge and skills. Your community needs your expertise.
- It Fosters Relationships
You can never have too many friends, and you’ll most certainly make more when you volunteer. By volunteering, you get to connect with kindred spirits who enjoy the same types of activities that you do. You might meet your new best friend or even your soul mate through your volunteer activities.
- It Helps You Maintain Your Zest for Life
By volunteering, you’ll continue to build the self-confidence you need to maintain your joie de vivre — your passion for and enjoyment of life. You’ll take your mind off any personal worries as you focus on helping others. And you’ll rightly feel pride in your accomplishments and in the fact that you’ve helped make the world a better place.
Finding the Right Volunteer Opportunity
If volunteering sounds right up your alley, the next step is finding a great fit for your talents and interests. As you’re evaluating Charlotte independent living communities, consider the many volunteer opportunities available to residents through The Cypress’s full-time Activities Coordinator. To learn more, please contact us.