Volunteers live longer!
Volunteering is officially good for your health.
Who knew that being a volunteer could actually extend your
A new study by Harvard University has found that the act of
volunteering might actually help us to live longer. The research, published by
‘The American Journal of Preventive Medicine’ found that people over the age of
50 who volunteer on a regular basis (for a minimum of about two hours a week)
have a reduced risk of mortality and enjoy better psycho-social outcomes.
“Our results show that volunteerism among older adults
doesn’t just strengthen communities but enriches our own lives by strengthening
our bonds to others, helping us feel a sense of purpose and well being, and
protecting us from feelings of loneliness, depression and hopelessness”,
explained lead investigator Dr Eric Kim “If you are able to do so while abiding
by health guidelines, you not only can help to heal and repair the world, but
you can help yourself as well.”
Mentors at SuperGrans, Dunedin, agree.
Recently, when we asked our ‘Grans’ what benefits they felt
from being a SuperGran volunteer, we found they had plenty to say.
Below are some of the comments:
“SuperGrans is a great way to make new friends.”
“Connecting with the community gives you a real sense of
“Volunteering gives me a sense of purpose and a feeling of
being useful in the world.”
“As a ‘Gran’ I feel happier and healthier knowing that I am
able to make a difference in other people’s lives.”
“i like the feeling of camaraderie and being part of a team.
It gives me a sense of identity I didn’t have before.”
“I’m not just a housewife anymore I’m a SuperGran!”
“I definitely feel more confident than I did and I like being
able to help other people learn stuff that helps them.”
“ I actually get a real kick out of it.”
“I enjoy the company and the laughs.”
There is no doubt that volunteering has benefits for the
volunteer as well as society in general.
SuperGrans welcomes volunteers from all walks of life and for
a two hour a week investment the returns are pretty good.