Why volunteer? Because it’s good for your health and well-being! Recently the Stanford Center on Longevity studied a large group of Americans in their 50’s who are doing well in the three areas crucial to long-term well-being: healthful living, financial security and social engagement. A troubling fact emerged: people in their 50’s are less socially engaged than previous generations, with weaker ties to family, friends and community. Feeling socially connected to others is critical for physical and mental health. If people are not connected socially before they retire, it is harder to connect with others after retirement. With a lot of people newly retired to Palm Beach County, many find it difficult to connect with new work or volunteer activities that are meaningful and use their life skills and experience.
Volunteer work is a way to find purposeful engagement. A growing body of medical research suggests that volunteering produces benefits for physical and mental health, creating greater happiness, longer lives and reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline.