Experts: Volunteering can provide numerous health benefits

Volunteering can bring fulfillment

(KPLC) – The death of a spouse or retiring from a long-time career can leave senior adults looking for their place as they navigate through a “new normal.” Volunteering can bring fulfillment and health benefits to the person willing to give back to others.

Judy Angelo could not have imagined that she would be the first face to greet strangers at Louisiana’s Lake Area Medical Center four years ago.

“I lost my husband about four years ago, and my son said, ‘You’ve got to get out of the house, because you’re driving yourself crazy,'” she says. Judy heard that the hospital needed more volunteers, just a couple of hours a day, two days a week.

Social worker Linda Phillips says that is all the time it takes to see the health benefits of giving back to others. “There is a demonstrated strong correlation between longevity, length of life, and volunteers — especially those who volunteer two hours or more every week,” she says.

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