One of the many benefits of senior living communities in Georgia is that they can help provide purpose. Living purposefully is crucial to healthy aging, improving your self-confidence, and promoting mental and physical well-being. Having a reason to get out of bed in the morning helps us take control of each day and live life to the fullest.
While the senior living environment does promote purpose by offering community activities and socialization opportunities, some individuals may need more. This is where volunteering comes into play. It feels good to help others, and volunteering can lead to feelings of accomplishment and purpose.
For many of us, we think of volunteering as serving meals at a soup kitchen or doing physical labor to help build houses, but volunteering can encompass so much more.
To make a difference in someone else’s life, you do not have to perform physical labor or even do activities in person. There is a whole world of virtual volunteer opportunities that provide a safer way for older adults to find purpose and make a difference.
Oaks Senior Living offers assisted senior living and Alzheimer’s and dementia care at communities throughout Georgia, and resident safety is our number one priority. We are sharing safe volunteer opportunities for older adults that provide the same sense of purpose as traditional volunteering.
More Than Helping Others: The Added Benefits of Volunteering
Improving Mental Health
A major component of healthy aging is taking care of your mental health, and volunteering can help you do this. Whatever form of volunteering you participate in, you are keeping your mind stimulated. Frequently exercising and keeping your mind active can play a significant role in maintaining mental health and preventing unwanted cognitive decline.
Other mental health benefits of volunteering include:
- Reduced stress levels
- Boosted mood and reduced feelings of depression
- Improved self-esteem
Preventing Social Isolation
Socializing and connecting with others is essential to promoting healthy aging. Senior living communities in Georgia, like Oaks Senior Living, offer meaningful socialization and engagement opportunities, but volunteering provides another level of connection.
When you volunteer, you are not only connecting with the people you are helping but also with the other volunteers. You are able to network with like-minded individuals and form meaningful relationships based on the same goal of helping others.
Bridging the Generational Gap
It is no secret that different generations view life differently. From how our parents chose to raise us to the cultural and societal differences among the generations, much can get lost in translation.
Volunteering can help bridge this generational gap. Spending quality time with members of other generations can help build stronger relationships and develop a sense of understanding of how each other thinks. You have wisdom and experience that you can share with younger generations, and they may be able to offer you a new way of viewing the world with a different outlook on life.
Virtual Volunteering Ideas
This platform is a great way to bridge the generational gap. Partnering seniors with children and their families through Zoom, StoriiTime allows seniors to connect with others by volunteering to read stories to children.
Be My Eyes
This app connects blind or low-sighted individuals with sighted volunteers through video chat to help them complete tasks. When a low-sighted individual needs help, they request assistance and are paired with a sighted volunteer who can guide them through it. Such requests may include checking an expiration date on a food label, reading instructions, or even navigating unfamiliar surroundings.
Whatever assistance is requested, Be My Eyes is a great way for older adults to connect with someone and truly make a difference in that person’s life.
Do you have a skill or passion? If so, the Selfhelp VSC platform could be a great volunteer opportunity for you. This platform provides virtual group classes to homebound individuals, allowing them to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby. Share your passion and connect with others by teaching a class about what you love to do!
Beyond the socialization that our senior living communities in Georgia provide, volunteering helps individuals stay connected and rediscover purposeful living. To learn more about how Oaks Senior Living communities promote healthy aging, contact a member of our team or visit our website.