Diabetes Forecast

Better Well-Being for Older Adults Who Volunteer

By Miriam E. Tucker , , , ,


Volunteering your time to help out another person, group, or organization can help you feel happier and well-adjusted—if you’re older than 40, that is. Every two years, between 1996 and 2008, researchers collected information about volunteering from a survey of people from 5,000 households. Volunteering had no effect on the emotional well-being of people under 40. But beginning around age 40, volunteering became associated with greater emotional well-being. One explanation might be that when younger people volunteer, they see it as an obligation, while older people view it as a way to widen their social circle and gain a sense of purpose. Source:  BMJ Open, published online Aug. 8, 2016



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