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Study shows volunteering seniors live healthier, happier lives

Casey Torres
February 11, 2019 06:55 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—A study by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that senior citizens who volunteer frequently live healthier and happier lives.

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Maria ReQua, President for the National Senior Corps Association, said the Senior Corps is looking for volunteers ages 55 and up.

There are three programs available: the Foster Grandparents Program, the Senior Companions Program, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP. 

Foster grandparents tutor and mentor children in schools, head start programs and child development centers.

The Senior Companions also help other elderly people in their homes with needed chores and transportation.

The RSVP volunteers participated in more than 75 organizations in Albuquerque, said ReQua. And like the study found, she saw an improvement in senior volunteers dealing with depression, anxiety, and isolation.

“Well many seniors have struggled with a transition from working life into retirement, and they often find that they become isolated, and they’re not socially engaged,” said ReQua.

To become a part of the Senior Corps, call (505) 764-6400 or go to their website by clicking here.

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