Reimagine the Challenges of Aging Through Volunteering

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” 

– Helen Keller

 Dear Neighbor,

As the leaves begin to show off their beautiful colors, our days are slowly beginning to get cooler. And, as we begin to see a little less daylight, many of us will start to think about a season when we will be spending more time inside making those delicious warm “comfort” foods. while also wondering how we might keep ourselves fulfilled when there could be less outdoor activities to enjoy.

Social events, church gatherings, family celebrations and group outdoor recreation remain largely restricted for seniors due to the COVID-19 virus. It has been and continues to be challenging for each of us to find ways to keep our minds and bodies healthy and feel part of the whole community during these unprecedented times. However, research has shown that Seniors can reimagine aging and some of its challenges through volunteering.  

An article from Senior Community Services – Reimagine Aging Institute (Five Benefits of Volunteering in Retirement) click here to read the full article, the author:  Deb Taylor, states the top five reasons retired adults should volunteer:

  1. Helps bridge the generation gap
  2. Volunteering time makes you feel like you have more time
  3. It’s good for mental health
  4. Helps prevent senior isolation and depression
  5. It promotes physical activity

The Millbrook at Home, Inc. organization has gathered a list of just some of the local opportunities in our greater Millbrook area where you can feel part of a team that helps contribute to the well-being of seniors and others in our area. Some of the ways are  offering to make “friendly contact calls” to isolated seniors, delivering Home Delivered Meals (provided by DC Office for Aging), training to become a volunteer tax preparer to provide free tax assistance to seniors and low income individuals, and assisting with sorting donations for the local thrift store as a few examples.

Click Here http://www.millbrookathome.org/volunteer-opportunities/ to view a list of local volunteer opportunities. 

You are also invited to become part of our newly formed Millbrook at Home team in another capacity as we look to build a strong, vibrant organization that can be a valuable resource for seniors who plan to remain in their homes and our communities.  We are actively seeking seniors and new retirees who have experience, talent or interest in  writing articles, graphic arts design, social media communication, program/event planning, fundraising, leadership/organizational skills or prior non-profit board experience.   Please contact us through our website for more information. 

Let’s do this together!  

 

 

Mary McKiernan Marshall

 

Mary currently serves as volunteer Board Member on  Millbrook at Home, the  Dutchess County Office for the Aging Advisory Board, Senator Sue Serino’s Lyme Task Force and the Dutchess County Medical Reserve Corp (MERC).