This May we celebrate Older Americans Month, which was designated by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. This special month honors seniors and celebrates their contributions to our communities and to our nation.
We celebrate this special month with our residents as well. Primrose retirement communities are filled with people who are making a difference every day. Teachers, elected officials, judges, musicians, pastors and business owners are among the many we are proud to serve. So many seniors across the country have had, and are still having, an impact in their communities and in the lives of others.
If you are retired and looking for some things you can do to make a difference, perhaps you might consider volunteering. Did you know that over 26 million seniors in this country do so? Whether it is running church rummage sales, organizing coats for kids’ drives or mentoring elementary school children – the opportunities are out there. In fact, the demand for older volunteers is increasing dramatically because of their experience and expertise in so many different areas.
Studies also show that senior volunteers live longer. According to a University of Michigan study, those who volunteer at least 40 hours per year, each year after their retirement, live an average of 8 years longer than those who do not. Doing good things for others is not only good for them, it is good for you!
Contact your local Area Agency on Aging office by visiting http://www.eldercare.gov/ or calling 1-800-677-1116 to find ongoing opportunities to celebrate and support older Americans.
If you are interested in learning more about Primrose, and how the incredible seniors that live here are making a difference in peoples’ lives every day, visit www.primroseretirement.com.