Health Benefits of Volunteering
You might volunteer to help others – but did you know it's also good for your health?
As it turns out, volunteering is a win-win situation. Not only do you help those around you, but you help yourself! Volunteers enjoy lower depression rates, greater functional abilities and they even live longer!
Research shows that older volunteers benefit the most from health advantages. Those who serve for at least 100 hours a year are most likely to reap those benefits.
It's not clear why volunteering makes your body healthier, though it might have something to do with maintaining independence and purpose as you age. Or, it could have to do with the social aspect of volunteering, and the chance to meet and engage with new people.
Whatever the reason, we want to offer kudos to all of our volunteers who help at SwedishAmerican on a regular basis. We're glad you are able to help us – and yourselves at the same time!