“The Health Benefits of Volunteering for Older Americans” A Review of Recent Research
 
According to “The Health Benefits of Volunteering for Older Americans”, a 2012 Fact Sheet issued by The Corporation for National and Community Service, a growing body of research shows an association between volunteering and mental and physical health benefits. Older volunteers also report lower mortality rates, lower rates of depression, fewer physical limitations, and higher levels of well-being.
 
Other key findings:
  • Older Americans who volunteer frequently live longer and report less disability
  • Volunteering can be part of a healthy lifestyle
  • For those living in rural areas, volunteering can provide an important way to stay connected and active