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This site has been designed to help answer questions about getting older. To learn how to make the best use of these resources, please watch the video to the left.

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  • Caring for Colorado Foundation
  • Colorado Department of Human Services
  • Colorado Health Foundation
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments
  • Rose Community Foundation

Volunteering & Boomer Leading Change

7/29/2014 4:29:16 PM

The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research 

Over the past two decades, a growing body of research indicates that volunteering provides not just social benefits, but individual health benefits as well. This research has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer. Some key findings from this research, along with an analysis of the relationship between volunteering and incidence of mortality and heart disease at the state level, are presented here. A more comprehensive review of this research can be found in the full report, "The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research", which can be downloaded here 

Baby Boomers and Volunteering: Findings From Corporation Research

Baby Boomers-the generation of 77 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964-represent a potential boost to the volunteer world, not only because of the sheer size of the generation but also because of its members' high levels of education, wealth, and skills. Since Baby Boomers are the next generation of older adults, it is equally important to understand not only how best to capture their experience and energy, but also what factors will impact their decision to volunteer from year to year. To examine this further, the Corporation for National and Community Service has analyzed data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census as part of its regular decennial Census, as well as data collected in 1974, 1989, and from 2002 to 2006 as part of a special Volunteer Supplement to the Current Population Survey. Click here are some findings about Baby Boomers gleaned from that research: 

Boomers Leading Change in Health

The issue of healthcare can be both overwhelming and confusing, even under the best of circumstances-especially these days. Boomers Leading Change in Health is a ground-breaking, grassroots volunteer effort dedicated to improving the health-and access to healthcare-of individuals and families across the Metro Denver area by harnessing the experience, energy, and conviction of Adults 50+ as volunteers. Contact them at: 303-4BOOMER  

Senior Corps

Senior Corps taps the skills, talents, and experience of nearly 500,000 Americans age 55 and over to meet a wide range of community challenges through three programs - RSVP, the Foster Grandparent Program, and the Senior Companion Program. RSVP volunteers recruit and manage other volunteers, participate in environmental projects, mentor and tutor children, and respond to natural disasters, among many other activities. Foster Grandparents serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to young people with special needs. Senior Companions help frail seniors and other adults maintain independence primarily in the clients' own homes. 

Colorado Department of Human Resources

If you are interested in finding a volunteer program through the Colorado Department of Human Resources, there are several different volunteer opportunities such as friendly visiting, assisting with meals in the nutrition programs, becoming a wellness coach, assisting in the transportation program, developing websites, the list is endless.
 
If this appeals to you, click here to watch a short video and fill out the volunteer application and a local agency will follow-up with you.