Another Study Shows that there are Health Benefits to Older Adults From Volunteer Activities

A new study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that adults over 50 that volunteer at least 100 hours a year are healthier, have a substantially reduced risk of mortality and have an improved sense of well-being compared to individuals who don't volunteer. Lead researcher, Harvard Professor Eric S. Kim explained the results in a conversation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

AAAS: "Humans are social creatures by nature. Perhaps this is why our minds and bodies are rewarded when we give to others. 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. Regular altruistic activity reduces our risk of death even though our study didn't show any direct impact on a wide array of chronic conditions."

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By: Don Lam & Curated Content


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