Helping Seniors Be the Difference in Their Communities

LeadingAge Magazine
September/October Issue
Written by Debra Wood, R.N. on
Giving time to improve another person’s life or the greater community offers benefits far beyond the good deeds done by volunteers. It creates feeling of self-worth in those doing the giving and can improve their outlook and well-being. This is particularly true for older adults, including those living in LeadingAge-member communities.

“Volunteering gives us another reason to get out of bed in the morning, because we look forward to getting together and doing this,” says Carol Jenkins, a resident at Parker at McCarrick in Somerset, NJ, and secretary of its Living with Purpose Club. “It makes us feel good helping others.”