Nearly 19 million older adults throughout the United States volunteer regularly. As a family caregiver, you can help your parent to enjoy a wide range of benefits from improved mental and emotional health to increased social engagement to boosted physical activity, by encouraging them to volunteer throughout the community. You may think that volunteering requires extensive physical ability, but even if your senior suffers from limited mobility, there are ways that they can reach out to the community and benefit those around them through volunteering.
Let these ideas inspire you for ways that a senior with lower mobility can volunteer:
- Companionship for shelter animals. Animals in shelters need socialization, companionship, and love to make sure that they will be good pets for the families that offer them their forever homes. Volunteering as one of these companions benefits both the animals and your senior. Studies have shown that interacting with animals on a regular basis offers your parent a variety of benefits including lower stress, reduced blood pressure, reduced risk of depression, eased loneliness and isolation, and improved cardiovascular health.
- Reading buddy for children. Young children learning to read benefit from reading out loud to others. Many schools love to have elderly adults come to the school so that the children can read to them, giving the child a boost in their reading confidence and improving your loved one’s mental and emotional health.
- Volunteer with non-profits. Non-profit and charitable organizations often seek out volunteers to help with basic tasks throughout their offices and other locations. If your parent has office skills, loves to greet and help people, or is even comfortable answering phones and taking messages, there can be a volunteer opportunity for them at one of these organizations. This offers not just the usual benefits of volunteering for your senior, but also gives them the boost of knowing that they are doing something to help a cause or group that is particularly meaningful for them if they can find a spot at an organization that holds particular meaning for them.
If you have been looking for ways to enhance your elderly parent’s quality of life, boost their mental and emotional health, and help them maintain the lifestyle that they desire and deserve as they age in place, starting senior care for them might be the ideal option. A senior home care services provider can be there with your elderly loved one on a fully customized schedule to ensure that they get all of the care, support, assistance, and encouragement that they need while also keeping you at the forefront of their care routine. The highly personalized care services designed specifically for your loved one are tailored to helping your parent address their individual needs, challenges, and limitations in the way that is right for them. This care can help your parent to stay healthy, safe, and comfortable while supporting a lifestyle that is as independent, active, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Davis, CA, please contact the caring staff at ApexCare®. Proudly Serving Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, Solano, San Joaquin & Stanislaus counties. Call Today 877-916-9111
Since then, I have had a strong interest in helping and supporting our senior community as they age and are unable to care for themselves.Coming from a family of physicians, I am excited to be involved in the medical community by providing the highest levels of non-clinical in-home care to our clients and their families.With my work experience, I firmly believe that ApexCare can touch many lives and have a great impact on our local senior community.
Prior to joining ApexCare, I worked in a wide variety of industries and have owned multiple businesses ranging from construction to mortgage banking.Outside of work, I am an active youth soccer and basketball coach, having coached recreational soccer for over 8 years and elementary school basketball for over 4 years.I graduated with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received a Masters of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.My career has been focused on building great organizations that deliver the highest absolute levels of service to our clients.I look forward to continuing this passion with ApexCare.