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4 Benefits of Being an Assisted Living Volunteer

June 21, 2018

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding types of work. The intangible benefits alone, such as pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment, are worthwhile reasons to serve others. Volunteering at an assisted living senior center is a great way for teenagers, retired adults, or anyone who has time, to give back to their communities and make a difference in someone’s life. 

Here are 4 reasons why you should consider volunteering at a senior home:

  1. Expand your horizons. Seniors have a lifetime of experience and wisdom to share with us. By spending time with older adults, we have the opportunity to gain knowledge and a fresh perspective on aging that can enrich our own lives. Not to mention, many seniors really love sharing stories from the past, which can help to keep their memories sharp, so it’s a win-win.
  2. Gain career experience. Volunteering at an assisted living senior center can help you develop several skills that are relevant in the workplace, including organizing, coordinating daily activities, and assisting with fundraising. Spending time with seniors is also a great way for teens and young adults to see if they’re interested in pursuing a career in senior care.
  3. Make new friends. Many volunteers develop wonderful, long-term relationships with seniors — seeing them as true friends, rather than volunteering obligations. These friendships are fulfilling for both volunteers and seniors. In fact, studies show that these genuine social interactions improve brain function and lower the risk for depression and anxiety.
  4. Improve your health. Lending a helping hand is good for you. Research suggests that those who volunteer have lower mortality rates. This could be because volunteering provides people with mental, physical, and social benefits, as well as a sense of purpose. One report even says that people who volunteer 100 hours a year are some of the healthiest in the U.S. 
Volunteer today
Do you have a special skill or talent to share? Do you want to make a difference in your community? Consider becoming an assisted living volunteer at a senior center. Even just a few hours can make a big difference. Remember, some seniors rarely receive visitors, so having a new friendly face or someone to talk to can be the highlight of their day. To learn about volunteering opportunities at Enlivant, contact an Enlivant Community near you.
 
Sources
Corporation for National & Community Service
AssistedLivingFacilities.org