Many seniors struggle with depression caused by a sense of isolation. Moving away from homes where they’ve spent decades, and losing friends and co-workers leaves many seniors with a profound sense of loneliness. Getting involved in their community can help seniors feel more connected. Senior care professionals and those helping with in-home care can help by providing outlets for their seniors to get active.
There are a variety of volunteer activities seniors can do, including:
- Political campaigning – Seniors are often ideal to staff phone banks and make calls for candidates and causes. For seniors who want to make a difference, this is an ideal opportunity.
- Mentoring – Seniors can connect to the younger generation by participating in programs where they read to children or help them with school work. Being around children can help seniors feel younger themselves.
- Collection drives – Seniors can socialize with others while working at charities to sort donated items and other goods.
- Craft-based volunteer work – Cooking, sewing, or gardening for the community will put seniors’ bodies and minds to work. This will help improve mental and physical health, as activity is key to staying physically and mentally sound. These activities provide social interaction as seniors work together.
- Charity walks – Seniors can get a little exercise and do some good by participating in charity walk pledge drives. These events collect money based on pledges by sponsors to donate a certain amount per mile walked.
Always Best Care helps connect seniors and their families with highly qualified, affordable in-home and assisted living finder/referral services. To learn more, call 1-855-470-CARE.