Staying Active Through Volunteerism Helps Seniors Maintain Better Health

During National Volunteer Month, VNA HealthCare examines the beneficial relationship between volunteerism and senior health.
April 26, 2012 - PRLog -- Senior volunteers are making a difference each day, not just in local religious, community organizations, neighborhoods, senior centers and health care organizations, but in their own physical and emotional wellbeing.
Volunteering can pay special dividends for seniors.  Recently studies of senior volunteers indicates that staying active, alert and “on the move” through volunteerism can slow cognitive decline.

Emotional Benefits

Volunteerism can help seniors overcome feelings of being isolated and depression.  Giving back to the community also enables seniors to develop and maintain important social connections, learn more skills, and pursue new interests.

“We know from our work with seniors that the more active an individual the more likely that he or she will continue to remain independent while aging,” states Kelly Keaveney, RN, MPH, Geriatric Care Manager at VNA HealthCare. “Helping others defines life for many retired seniors, and it can help make a difference in seniors’ health, attitude and outlook.”

About VNA HealthCare

Founded in 1901, VNA HealthCare provides home health care to more than 60 towns in Central Connecticut and Greater Waterbury. The agency provides care ranging from skilled nursing, hospice, rehabilitation and speech therapy to advanced cardiac nursing, Lifeline and personal care. VNA HealthCare is a Hartford HealthCare partner and is a Caring Partner with Saint Mary’s Hospital. VNA HealthCare employs more than 800 employees and cares for more than 17,000 patients annually.
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