Nurse helping elderly woman

By: Mr. Katz

The number of Americans over 60 years of age is 42 million-plus and growing. That’s a lot of living, a lot of experience, a lot of love, and a lot of time. As seniors age, they typically feel displaced in the work place, in society, and sometimes even in their own families. Seniors are one of this country’s greatest natural resources. They have so much to give and your talent and wisdom are needed at every level of American life. Offering your services helps put this much-needed knowledge and experience back into the community. But where does one go when he or she feels that the world they live in has shut them out or even abandoned them?

America has a proud tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, and this volunteer spirit is needed today more than ever. If you have finally won the right to pursue relaxation, purpose, and nobility, then consider these reasons for volunteering your services:

It provides a way to be useful, help others, and do good deeds.

The work is enjoyable (and it doesn’t feel like work) and makes one feel needed.

Volunteerism is good for the heart. It increases your self-esteem, as well as lessens stress and depression.

Studies show that people who volunteer live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

People are so in need of tender loving care that your volunteering efforts will reap appreciation.

After a lifetime of needing to take, retirement can be a time to give back.

Some programs, like the Senior Companion Program, respond to the greatest needs of seniors. Some day you may be in need of this aid.

You can help somebody not as healthy or fortunate as you.

Volunteering does not have to be an over-exacerbating period of time or remanded to some menial task that feels like a job. When choosing a volunteer position, look for an area in which you have a special interest. Turning the time you donate into a pleasurable period not only benefits your interest but also the ones you are assisting. Whatever you do, wherever you do it, remember always do it with a smile on your face and love in your heart, and you will change the world (one person at a time). You have a wealth of knowledge, experience, and love to give, so give it away and see what will come back in the end.