Retirement is something many people look forward to, but it can be a difficult change no matter how exciting it is. In particular, having to adjust to all the new free time and the lack of daily structure can be a challenge. That’s why so many retirees pick up new hobbies, and volunteering is one of the most popular – with good reason.
At Ventura Townehouse, we provide many different activities to keep our residents engaged with life and the community. If you’re looking for something new to try during retirement, why not consider volunteering? Here are a few reasons we think it makes the perfect retiree activity.
We all know that volunteering is beneficial to society, but did you know that it’s good for the volunteer as well? It’s true: volunteering is associated with longer lifespans, better health, and higher quality of life. In fact, research shows that volunteering has more of an impact on well-being than income, education level, or marriage.
For many seniors, volunteering is an obvious choice when it comes to filling their time. It can add much-needed structure to daily life after leaving the workforce, as well as a sense of responsibility and purpose. Some retirees opt to pick up volunteer hours doing something that uses their career skills, while others go down a very different path. After all, volunteering provides the perfect setting to try new things. By participating in volunteer activities that are challenging, you’re ensuring that your brain continues building new pathways, which helps protect against cognitive decline.
Loneliness and isolation are major health risks for many older Americans, which brings up another valuable benefit of volunteering: socialization. Many volunteering positions involve plenty of social interaction, making volunteering a great opportunity for making new friends, being engaged with the community, and fostering connections across generations.
Keeping an active life filled with meaningful activities, like volunteering, is good for you physically and mentally; just be sure to find the best volunteering role for you. It’s important to choose something that will provide a sense of fulfillment, so take some time to consider what you’d like to change in the world or give to your community. Whether that means your local VA hospital, a soup kitchen, a library, or a church, you’re bound to find the perfect volunteer match for you.
Ventura Townehouse is an active senior living community in Ventura, CA. For more information about us, or to schedule a personalized tour, click here .
My grandmother lives at the Ventura Townehouse and I feel confident that she is in good hands. They get her to her appointments and provide any aftercare that she may need. Everyone there is friendly and like family. I feel like I’m at home when I go there to visit her and eat with her in the dining room.
Recently, I visited my Mom from Chicago. Each day I offered to take us out and about in Ventura. We found ourselves having such an enjoyable time at the Townehouse we didn’t leave. The dining room was so lovey to enjoy with her friends. Patios welcoming and the activities kept us busy. We laughed and had fun all day! Thank you everyone for making me feel at home and making my visit special. It’s always hard to leave my mom. But not as hard when I know she is so happy! Until my next visit!
Staff is very helpful and always concerned about my Mother’s needs, the interior and grounds maintenance is exceptional. Dining provides healthy menus to choose from. Front desk staff is always friendly and helpful. Best decision we ever made was bringing my mom here.