In recognition of National Volunteer Week, the state Office for the Aging celebrated older volunteers and the value they bring to New York.
Every year, National Volunteer Week provides an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time and talent to help others in their community.
Older volunteers provide critical services for our communities. Volunteerism has benefits for volunteers, as well. Active volunteering promotes healthy aging by decreasing social isolation and the likelihood of depression; lowering the rate of chronic illnesses; and increasing life expectancy.
“Older adults make up the majority of volunteerism in New York,” said NYSOFA Acting Director Greg Olsen. “They are the backbone of our communities, and their social, economic, intellectual, and civic contributions are essential to making New York a better place to live, work and grow older.”
In New York, about 935,000 adults over the age of 55 provide more than 495 million hours of service at an economic value of almost $13.9 billion annually. Go online to www.nationalservice.gov to search for volunteer opportunities in the area.