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Volunteering is Good For Your Health
April 16 - 22 is National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 to thank those whose acts of kindness improve their communities, highlight the benefits of volunteering, and encourage others to volunteer.
No matter, if you call it “paying it forward, a thousand points of light, or random acts of kindness,” helping others, is proven to benefit the volunteer as well as the recipient. Volunteering can help you make friends, learn new skills, boost your social skills, and keep you mentally stimulated. While volunteering is good for all ages, it provides profound benefits for seniors.
Nothing relieves stress better than connecting with other people.
Researchers have discovered that the more we give, the happier we feel. And studies have shown that older volunteers walk more, cope with tasks more easily, have better thinking skills, have lower blood pressure, and a reduced risk of heart disease.
Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) volunteer opportunities:
• Time to Care: Your voice is needed. Make calls to those in your community who are ill or disabled, confined to home, and in need of a comforting voice.
• House Call For Groceries: Volunteers provide shopping assistance to homebound residents. This rewarding activity is ideal for active adults, students, families, and community groups.
• Hospice Volunteering: Volunteering to deliver comfort and companionship to patients and their families can be extremely rewarding.
• Donate: Medicare and supplemental insurance often do not cover all that patients and caregivers need. There are many ways to help. For more information please visit our donation page here: vnannj.org/donate or call the VNA Foundation at 973-451-4148.
• Friendly Visitors: This important volunteer opportunity matches volunteers with a VNA client to visit on a flexible schedule, providing socialization that is a much-needed break from the isolation that often comes from living alone.
• Juniors Helping Seniors: Similar to “Friendly Visitors” but specially geared to high school students, this program provides a safe and rewarding volunteer opportunity in Morris County that is ideal for gaining life lessons, improving communication skills, and fulfilling volunteer activities for college applications (the consensus of college recruiters is the ideal volunteer hours for a college application is between 50 to 200 hours).
Did you know that Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) is the longest-serving VNA in the state of New Jersey? So we know a thing or two about helping seniors “age in place” to avoid hospitalization and nursing homes, and also what services people need to recover from illness and surgery at home. We suggest that you learn more about our home health care services and make a plan to age at home before you have a health emergency.
The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) is a leading provider of comprehensive home health care services in Morris, Hunterdon, Sussex, Warren, Somerset, and Passaic Counties in Northern New Jersey. Established in 1898, generations have known that just one call to VNA opens the door to quality, patient-centered home health care solutions that allow patients to remain in the comfort of their homes with dignity, health, and independence.
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