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New research shows that volunteering can help keep older adults’ minds sharp

Posted by Sheena Rice, futurity.org Volunteering may improve cognitive function of older adults, especially for women and those with lower levels of education. While the links of volunteering to physical health are well known, its associations with mental functioning are less clear. “Cognitive functions, such as memory, working memory, and processing are essential for living […]

Volunteering can reduce mortality in older adults, but motivation matters

 The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 54B Issue 3, Pp. S173-S18. Marc A. Musick, A. Regula Herzog and James S. House, Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan Ann Arbor Abstract Objectives. Although a number of authors have proposed that older volunteers should benefit in terms of better health and well-being, few researchers have examined the issue […]

How volunteering and charitable giving benefit both young and old

By Terri Yablonsky Stat/Chicago Tribune If there’s a magic pill for happiness and longevity, we may have found it. Countless studies have found that generosity, both volunteering and charitable donations, benefits young and old physically and psychologically. The benefits of giving are significant, according to those studies: lower blood pressure, lower risk of dementia, less […]