Volunteering boosts health of older adults

Volunteering boosts health of older adultsToronto: Older adults who stay active by volunteering are likely to receive a health boost.

Volunteering is linked with reductions in symptoms of depression, better overall health, fewer functional limitations and greater longevity, a study indicated.

“We discovered a number of trends in the results that paint a compelling picture of volunteering as an important lifestyle component for maintaining health and well-being in later years,” said lead investigator Nicole Anderson from the University of Toronto in Canada.

For the study, the researchers examined 73 studies published over the last 45 years involving adults aged 50-plus who were in formal volunteering roles.

The study appeared online in the journal Psychological Bulletin.


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