Older Adults Reap Health Benefits by Volunteering

Did you know that volunteering for as little as two hours a week may lead to better health as you age? Research shows that older volunteers may experience a reduction in depression, chronic pain and stress, while improving their mental functionality and even their chances of living longer.


The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) has launched a new public education campaign to spread awareness of the fact that older adults can reap major physical, mental and emotional benefits by volunteering for as little as two hours a week.  The centerpiece of the campaign is a consumer brochure, Doing Good is Good for You: Volunteer, that provides older adults with information about the health benefits of volunteering, as well as a checklist to help them match their interests with available opportunities.


Volunteering is a great way to help others and meet new people, but it’s also good for you!