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How to Help an Elderly Adult Volunteer

By: Lenora Alabi

Are you spending a lot of time with an elderly adult? This might be your parent, grandparents, elderly uncle, or another elderly adult. Regardless of who you are spending your time with, one of the things you should know is that it can be extremely beneficial to help them to volunteer. Research shows that elderly adults that volunteer are happier, more aware of their emotions, and can find themselves in a cause. The good news is that there are ways you can help the elderly adult in your life to get ready to volunteer. 

Investing Time

One of the things that many elderly adults have is a ton of time. They are no longer working and they need something to help fill up their days. Volunteering is one of the ways that the elderly adult in your life can fill up their time. It will give them a purpose, as well. However, with this being said, most elderly adults need someone to take them to the volunteering location. You or their caregivers should figure out what times they can be taken and set up a schedule for them.

Transportation and Location

Two other things that should be considered if you are trying to help an elderly adult to volunteer are transportation and location. Think about who is going to take the elderly adult in your life to volunteer. Can you do it on most days? Are there days that you aren’t able to take them? If so, you might want to hire caregivers to help out. You should also consider the location where they will be volunteering. How far away from the elderly adult’s home is it? Can someone walk there with them? Does someone need to drive? Figure this all out, so that the elderly adult in your life can start volunteering right away. 

Goals for Volunteering

You should also sit down with the elderly adult and talk to them about the goals that they have for volunteering. What are they hoping to gain from volunteering? Do they want to find a purpose in their life? Are they looking to socialize with others? By figuring out their goals for volunteering, you can help them to pinpoint the right volunteering opportunity that will work best for them. 

These are some of the tips on how you and caregivers can help an elderly adult to volunteer. There are so many different types of volunteering opportunities out there. It is just a matter of figuring out who is going to take the elderly adult to these opportunities, what they are going to do, and what their goals are for volunteering. Once you figure out all these things, you can start signing the elderly adult up for specific volunteering opportunities. 

Sources
https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/helping-people-changing-lives-the-6-health-benefits-of-volunteering

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