New study reveals benefits of volunteering for seniors

Courtesy of CNCS and Senior Corps

By: News Staff

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)—Two longitudinal studies conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), have showed consistent volunteering can improve the health and wellbeing of people ages 55 and older.

CNCS, the federal agency that oversees national service programs like AmeriCorps and Senior Corps examined the health impacts on volunteers in the Senior Corps Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent programs.

Nearly half of volunteers reported improvements in health and wellbeing, authorities said, with more than 60 percent reporting decreased feelings of isolation, after initially feeling alone “often.”

“70 percent of those who initially reported five or more symptoms of depression reported significant improvement at this first benchmark,” read a press release issued by CNCS. “Each year, Senior Corps engages more than 245,000 adults through its Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and RSVP programs—all addressing some of the nation’s most pressing challenges—everything from fighting the opioid epidemic, reducing crime and reviving cities, connecting veterans to jobs and benefits, preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs, ensuring seniors age independently and with dignity, and help Americans rebuild their lives following a disaster.”

More information on these findings and other CNCS senior programming is available here.

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