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CONTRIBUTED CONTENT: The many benefits of volunteering for seniors

Many benefits of volunteering for seniors
Posted at 8:09 AM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 11:09:28-04

Many seniors might feel an urge upon retiring to kick back and relax at home. Health experts urge older individuals to enjoy a more vital routine, however. A study published in “Gerontologist” reports that volunteering at least six hours a week helps boost seniors’ mental health, social activity and self-esteem.

Nonprofits across Southern Nevada, including The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, offer many volunteer opportunities conducive to seniors with a wide range of abilities.

Read below to learn a few more reasons why volunteering can be worth the effort for older individuals.

Physical Health

Many nonprofits ask for volunteer support that requires at least moderate activity. Some organizations request help with carrying and sorting donations, for instance. Volunteer ushering at The Smith Center also involves standing and walking. On top of this, a study by Carnegie Mellon University found that regularly volunteering promotes lower blood pressure.

Mental Health

A variety of volunteer activities involve more than physical activity – they can also challenge the mind. Giving tours at nonprofits such as The Smith Center, for instance, can require in-depth study and memorization of facts. Research supports that activities that stimulate the brain can help delay the onset of age-related dementia.

Getting Social

Once out of the workplace, individuals might find their opportunities dwindle to connect with others. Volunteering provides a great opportunity to meet and interact with like-minded people to forge new friendships.

Self Worth

Overall, helping others simply feels good. Many who volunteer report an enhanced feeling of happiness and higher self-esteem. The American Psychological Association has also tied a positive attitude to a longer life span.

Get Involved

There’s no time like the present to get involved! The Smith Center encourages seniors to explore its many volunteer opportunities, such as docent/tour guide, usher and community ambassador and more.

Individuals interested in volunteering at The Smith Center can learn more at: www.thesmithcenter.com/support-us/volunteer/.


The above article was contributed by The Smith Center for Performing Arts in Downtown Las Vegas.