In a study in 2010, the state of Colorado looked more into its aging population. It found that 155 Coloradans a day will turn 65 until 2020. The Census Bureauís data shows one in six seniors in America are Latino.
As people age, they become more vulnerable to poverty Ė particularly those who are Hispanic, foreign-born and those who are single. The National Alliance on Mental Illness says over 6.5 million of the 35 million Americans age 65 or older suffer from depression.
A way to fight depression in the senior population is through volunteerism. It gets seniors out of their homes and isolation and into the community, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service. Volunteering can also lead to a sense of purpose and accomplishment and a greater life satisfaction. According to the National Institution on Aging, volunteering can help with cognitive health as well, leading to less of a risk of getting diseases like dementia.
There are all sorts of ways to get out of the house and get more involved with your community to make a difference.
The SeniorCorps-RSVP national service program works to match people who are above age 55 to find volunteering opportunities. The program aims to pair people with nonprofit partner agencies and hospitals. It has over 50 different partner agencies in Denver, Douglas, and Western Arapahoe Counties and hundreds of volunteer opportunities, according to the programís website. Volunteer options include working with veterans and their families, providing GED training, helping alleviate food insecurity in food banks and more. For more information, visit voacolorado.org.
Global Volunteers helps seniors find volunteer options to teach conversational English, literacy, care for at-risk infants and toddlers, repair buildings, plant gardens and more. If you wish to learn more, visit globalvolunteers.org/senior-volunteers/.
You can learn about other volunteer opportunities through organizations like Hunger Free Colorado, a nonprofit organization that aims to connect families and individuals to food resources, by calling 720-328-1284. Volunteer Match is also a great tool to learn of volunteer opportunities.
The Colorado Nonprofit Association hosts numerous events that people can volunteer for, particularly during its Fall Conference & Exhibition. The conference is a two day event in which Coloradoís nonprofit community takes part in networking, skill building and learning. More information can be learned by visiting coloradononprofits.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, the largest age group for volunteers is the between the ages of 35 and 44, according to statistics from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The health impact volunteering can have on you has been proven in the past. It is also a great way to become more involved in your community and feel like you are part of something that is greater than yourself.