Volunteers are important community assets, helping to enrich the lives of those they serve and often providing care and services that neither government nor the private sector can afford to provide on their own. The act of volunteering can benefit the volunteer as well. Volunteering provides an opportunity to build relationships, to use one's talents and to discover a sense of purpose, all of which supports the health of volunteers. A growing body of research that indicates that volunteers have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life. Older adults who "give back" provide tremendous in-kind benefits to our community and secure a better future for themselves in the process.
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