April is a very important month. Not only is it a time when we start to see spring breaking through the long, cold winter, April is also National Volunteer Month!
Did you know that the average senior contributes around 180 hours of volunteer service each year? In fact, between 2008 and 2010, 18.7 million seniors volunteered over 3 billion hours of service in their communities. Those hours equate to around $64 billion a year! Our towns and communities are held together by the volunteer efforts of our retired seniors.
While these volunteer efforts are a huge benefit to our communities, volunteering has some tremendous benefits for seniors as well. In addition to giving back to those around them, senior volunteers:
– feel happier as a result of their volunteer efforts
– enjoy a greater sense of purpose
– feel physically, mentally, and emotionally healthier
– are less likely to feel isolated or depressed
– tend to be more social
– have less stress
– live longer lives
– enjoy higher self-esteem
Whether that means going out into the community and helping out a local service organization or staying in and giving your time from afar by knitting a blanket for a local hospital or shelter, volunteering is good for everyone!
In the last few months alone, Primrose residents across the country have done everything from reading to grade-school children and delivering meals to the homebound to greeting patients and visitors at local hospitals.
If you would like to learn how to get involved with volunteering stop by Primrose and let us know! We would love to have your help on our next project.
To find out more about the retirement living experience at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!