Many seniors crave meaningful involvement in their communities for a way to increase their social lives, bridge generation gaps and feel that they are helping others. Volunteerism is one of the best ways to meet each of these goals while also keeping seniors active and providing them with a flexible schedule that allows them to have time for themselves.
If you have or care for an aging parent or loved one and believe they may benefit from volunteering in their community, check out the below options. These opportunities are just a few of the countless ways that seniors can become involved with others in the local community:
- Volunteer at a food shelf. A food shelf collects and organizes donated food before distributing it to the needy. Volunteers can help gather the food, organize and clean the stockroom or work in the office. The joy of knowing that even one person did not have to go hungry that day is enough to bring a big smile to a senior’s face.
- Become a foster grandparent. This program is often run through a local school district for children who do not have grandparents living any longer or who live far away from their grandparents. A foster grandparent provides children with the love they need while also helping with schoolwork, teaching them to read and being the mentor that they crave. The relationship formed is often beneficial for both the child and the older adult.
- Volunteer at a hospital or surgery center. These places often need volunteers to work at front desks or nurse’s stations to provide information to visitors. Seniors often provide the cheery face and the empathy that is so dearly needed at local hospitals. Their compassion can be comforting to others in times of need.
- Help out at the local library or elementary school. Typical duties include helping children find books to read, helping them with basic schoolwork and being a friend. This type of volunteering goes a long way toward bridging a generation gap and can provide joy in the lives of children and the older adult.
With so many resources available today, seniors can find the right volunteer or community involvement program that fits their needs. Two options to check out are VolunteerMatch and RSVP, which stands for Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Seniors who volunteer will feel more in tune with their communities and can also combat feelings of loneliness or depression.
If you are concerned about your loved one’s emotional health and wellness, you may also want to consider a Naples hourly care companion. These caregivers are highly trained and compassionate individuals who can provide companionship, emotional support and accompaniment to seniors, whether for grocery shopping, going to the museum or even an appointment at the hair salon!
To learn more about in-home care services that promote quality of life for seniors, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Naples. A friendly Care Manager would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and can help you schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation to further discuss care needs. Call (239) 449-4701 – we’re here to help 24/7.