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Volunteering with DC AARP program Keeping Seniors Connected to install HDTV convertor boxes for me was a no brainier. Helping senior citizens made me feel euphoric. This was only matched by the enthusiastic appreciation of our seniors while installing the HD boxes for them.
This lead me to ponder why many retired volunteers are so enthusiastic about helping seniors? Two new studies reveal they are also helping themselves by extending their life expectancy through this process.
Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center and an assistant professor of behavioral sciences, studied 1,238 older adults participating in two ongoing research studies at Rush: the Rush Memory and Aging Project and the Minority Aging Research Study.in Chicago, under the direction of study author Dr. Patricia Boyle, a neuropsychologist at the
Here are some of the exciting findings:
If you have a purpose in life, such as volunteering, you'll live longer.
Embrace each day with a sense of purpose. It will make your life more meaningful.
Setting goals small, medium or large throughout retirement, is a barrier against mental and physical health decline.
So to all DC AARP volunteers, please know these ongoing studies show this activity to be very positive while extending the longivity of your mental and physical state.
Volunteer for Life,
Read more about this study of benefits associated with volunteering and longevity by clicking the link below.
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RWhipple, you are absolutely correct. Helping others makes the helper feel better. That's one of the reasons AARP developed the Create The Good website that allows District residents to post requests for volunteers or to announce a local event that will benefit others or to find volunteer opportunities. To find out more log on to www.aarp.org/CreateTheGood, and start feeling better!