Aging Matters: Volunteering is good for the community, good for you

Retired individuals may find great pleasure in spending their free time volunteering for an organization that interests them. Volunteers are necessary for most operations to run smoothly, and are welcomed in almost every area of interest. In addition, studies show that older people who volunteer are both physically and mentally healthier than those who do not engage in the community. These flexible positions may also lead to greater knowledge, social involvement, and monetary discounts. “If we can help ourselves at the same time we help others, well – for what better pay could we ask?” says Phyllis Spade, an 87-year-old volunteer in Kansas.

The Wichita Eagle