I have traveled to many countries and states, and I have noted one thing. Today’s senior citizens of any country largely depend on volunteers to provide them with meaningful activities as well as programs especially for their residents. As a volunteer, I have become an important part of senior living communities. I offer my time, skills, part of my earnings and talent to every dimension of their lives.
When I volunteer to help senior citizens, I know I am offering them a good chance for meaningful social interaction among themselves, with other volunteers and with me as well. What I am trying to say in many words is that volunteering improves my life and the life of residents. By giving senior adults the support and encouragement they need, I usually put a smile on their faces.
Loneliness is one of the biggest challenges that senior citizens face today. When I sit down to chat with them, take them for a walk or offer any meaningful experience, I help in reducing their risk of suffering cardiovascular diseases, which are directly related to loneliness.
Helping senior citizens helps me in many ways. Among them include the following:
I gain by becoming more knowledgeable
More often than not, I sit down and chat with older adults. They share with me their life experiences, which are very different from those of my generation. In this way, I learn a lot from them. Listening to senior adults’ stories provide me with wisdom as well as insight for life. This offers me a different perspective for my own life circumstances.
Adding to my job experience
I have gained valuable experience for my career by offering my free services among the senior adult communities. Organizing, coordinating and helping with things such as fundraising, organizing special events and many other daily activities for senior adults have really helped in improving my skills. This has made me a more productive person at work place.
Through constant interactions with senior living communities, I have developed valuable communication skills that help me a great deal in building good relationships with everyone else. For instance, my relationship with staff, family members and friends has greatly improved. For this reason, I have become an influential person and a very strong candidate especially in my field.
I make new friends
At first, I thought that I did not have anything in common with senior citizens. After sometimes, I found out that there are so many elderly people that we have so many things in common. Some of them are fans of my favorite Premier League soccer team, musicians and movies to mention but just a few. Such similar interests normally provide a good starting point for wonderful conversations, which sometimes lead to meaningful and lasting relationships.