By Greg Pascucci
Studies continue to show a direct correlation between giving back and leading a healthy and happy life. And, with the holiday season in full swing, there’s never been a better time for older adults to give of their time and talents.
At The Carlisle Naples, residents are taking advantage of the active retirement community’s maintenance-free lifestyle and pursuing volunteer opportunities that not only bring a sense of satisfaction but according to research, give their health a boost.
Carlisle resident Sallie Ray, for example, derives a sense of satisfaction from helping her neighbors create one-of-a-kind greeting cards. Made from items she recycles such as yarn, paper and clothing, Ray’s creations are hit among residents. During a hands-on demonstration at the community, she took great pride in helping others put their unique spin on her whimsical cards which feature hand-drawn portraits of ladies.
It is this sense of purpose that researchers say is most meaningful – and healthy – for older adults. A study by Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care found that giving back is associated with reductions in symptoms of depression, better overall health and greater longevity.
Additionally, volunteering has been linked to lowered risks of dementia and other health problems such as heart disease and stroke.
Whether serving on the community’s Welcoming Committee, meeting and greeting new residents; serving as a Grand-buddy for students at Sabal Palm Elementary through an ongoing partnership; or volunteering in the community at large, residents at The Carlisle have a host of volunteer opportunities.
Below are a few ways you too can give back this holiday season and throughout the upcoming year:
Share Your Expertise
Were you a former chairman or a corporate executive? Why not share your breadth of knowledge with entrepreneurs as they try to avoid the pitfalls of small business ownership? Organizations such as SCORE provide confidential business mentoring services and host workshops to help small business owners achieve success. Retired executives and CEOs are always welcomed.
Become a Foster Grandparent
With families living further apart than previous generations, it’s not unusual for young adults to see their grandparents infrequently. Becoming a foster grandparent can be a rewarding experience for young and old alike. Intergenerational activities help bridge the gap between older adults and teenagers and shatter misconceptions about aging.
Tap into Your Hobbies
Seniors who enjoy knitting or crocheting will find their crafts can be enjoyed by more than just family and friends. From hospitals to oncology departments, there are many organizations that can make use of baby hats and lap blankets.
Support a Cause
Post-retirement is the perfect time to champion a cause which may be near and dear to one’s heart. Homelessness, education, women’s equality and accessibility to health care are just a few of the areas in which older adults can lend their voice. A simple internet search will be able to locate a charity that addresses each respective issue. From making telephone calls to writing letters of support, there is a task for everyone looking to get involved.
Look Around – Opportunities Abound
Cuddling a premature baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), walking a dog at an animal shelter or greeting guests at a museum are just a few of the
numerous tasks performed by volunteers across the country. Organizations such as Senior Corps and AARP are wonderful resources for matching older adults’ talents and interests with noteworthy charities in need of assistance.
“Residents at The Carlisle are proof that you’re never too old to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Executive Director Bill Diamond. “With day-to-day household responsibilities such as cooking and cleaning taken care of, residents are pursuing new interests and hobbies and rediscovering their passion for volunteerism.”
Located at 6945 Carlisle Court in Naples, The Carlisle offers spacious one-and two-bedroom residences, weekly housekeeping and flat linen services, basic cable TV, all utilities except telephone, and a complimentary full breakfast plus choice of lunch or dinner in the community’s gourmet-style restaurant. For more information about the community, please call 239-221-0017 or visit www.TheCarlisleNaples.com.
The Carlisle, a luxury, resort-style senior living community in North Naples, offers both Independent and Assisted Living lifestyles. Available on a monthly fee basis, the ECC-licensed and CARF-accredited community boasts a full range of services and amenities including 12-hour restaurant dining, housekeeping, transportation and activities. Located on Airport-Pulling Road, between Pine Ridge and Immokalee Roads, the award-winning community’s lush tropical environment is highlighted with meandering walking paths around three lakes and tranquility gardens. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call Director of Marketing Greg Pascucci at 239-221-0017
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