Volunteering and Healthy Aging

Volunteering is a rewarding activity for older adults. It enhances wellbeing and contributes to an active lifestyle. Research shows that there are significant health benefits to be gained from volunteering. These benefits include enhanced physical, psychological and cognitive health. Physical Health Benefits Research has consistently found that physical health benefits are associated with volunteering. These findings indicate that volunteers report better physical health when compared to non-volunteers. This may or may not coincide with actual differences in reported health conditions. For example, Lum and Lightfoot (2005) found that while volunteering did not impact the number of health conditions diagnosed by physicians in the sample of individuals age 70 plus, it […]

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