The Why

 For a vast majority of seniors who volunteer, their community service helps define who they are. Many say that, when compared to other things they do in their lives, volunteering is the most important thing they do.

 The availability of more time now in their lives is just one of the reasons many volunteer. More importantly, they want to be agents for change in their communities.

A majority of senior volunteers say they are volunteering more now because the need is greater as a result of the slow economy. Senior volunteers say they experience significant health and emotional benefits from volunteering, that they are healthier and happier than those who do not volunteer.

Many seniors enjoy the socialization aspect of volunteering, typically volunteering with someone else, usually a friend or their spouse. In the District of Parry Sound there are relatively few barriers that prevent seniors from volunteering more in their communities.

Volunteering pays special dividends for seniors who have chronic health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Many of these seniors say that staying active through volunteering helps them manage their chronic conditions. The emotional benefits of volunteering are particularly relevant for seniors with chronic conditions. For example, seniors with chronic conditions say an important reason they volunteer is to overcome feeling depressed.

If you are interested in volunteering ……