Boredom. Loneliness. Isolation.  

It’s a vicious cycle and one seen all too often in the lives of seniors who have new, quieter (and perhaps too quiet) lives since they’ve retired. The days that once whizzed by are feeling very long for many.
 
A solution? Volunteering. Helping others releases those “feel good” endorphins, fills  time with meaningful work, keeps those all-important brain cells active and provides social interaction. In other words, it’s all good. But where to start?
 
We have many volunteer opportunities listed in the program section of our website, inducing those at Aventura HospitalBRAVO (arts related), Fairchild Tropical Gardens and RSVP, a service that connects those ages 55+ to volunteer opportunities of their interest in Broward County. There’s also ReServe Miami, an organization that places retired people in paid positions in non-profit companies. Seniors who want to help solve social issues should check out Civic Ventures which offers several programs and volunteer opportunities in the education, environment and healthcare venues. Another helpful site is volunteermatch.org: just plug in the city where you want to volunteer and the type of work you’d like to do and a list of intriguing ideas pops up. Finally, if you're looking for an exotic and adventurous volunteer opportunity, check out Cross-Cultural Solutions, an international non-profit organization that operates volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to share cultural perspectives and foster cultural understanding.
 
Check them out. You’ll be glad you did.

Tags:Community Resources Loneliness Social Engagement Volunteering

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Linda Haase

Linda Haase, Seniority Matters' guest blogger, is a veteran journalist and a member of the indomitable Sandwich Generation. She is currently a freelance writer for the Palm Beach Post, AARP Bulletin, Boca Raton Observer and other publications.  When she's not writing,she likes to enjoy quiet time at home, dreaming of the day she can sleep past 5 a.m.

Linda may be contacted via email at lindaprofiles@gmail.com.


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