The Surprising Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering has long helped to rebuild communities and solve serious social problems. Often it is money or other items that are needed – and at other times it is simply our time that is requested. The right match can help you reduce stress, find friends, connect with the community, and learn new skills. Giving your time and talents can improve your physical and mental health. It’s a fact! Volunteering offers vital help to people in

A Season for Full Community Participation

It was once said that, “Aging is not ‘lost youth,’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” The wisdom of this statement is demonstrated well by those seniors who, upon entering this new life stage, actively contribute to their community. Unfortunately, people of all ages often view seniors primarily as passive recipients of community services rather than full participants who also give back. While seniors may in fact need specific services and support, the

You Have the Time and Talent to Volunteer

Whether crafting, visiting or lending a hand, VITAS volunteers receive more than they give. By Cathy Carlson, VITAS Healthcare General Manager Do you keep something in your house, apartment or condo that reminds you of someone special? A favorite item from your childhood, a keepsake that belonged to a parent or a memento of someone who has died? Many people treasure special items because they bring comfort, stir positive memories and sustain a sense of

You Have the Time and Talent to Volunteer

Do you keep something in your house, apartment or condo that reminds you of someone special? A favorite item from your childhood, a keepsake that belonged to a parent or a memento of someone who has died? Many people treasure special items because they bring comfort, stir positive memories and sustain a sense of connectedness to loved ones. That’s the idea behind Memory Bears—small, hand-crafted stuffed bears that are created by skilled VITAS Healthcare volunteers.

Food Insecurity: A Growing Concern for Older Adults

The USDA defines food insecurity as a state in which “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.” Other ways to think of this can include being hungry, faced by the threat of hunger or struggling to avoid hunger. In the span of 10 years (2001 to 2011), the percentage of older adults experiencing food insecurity increased by 88 percent according to a

Legacy Corps is now available in southwest Idaho!

Legacy Corps is now available in southwest Idaho! Legacy Corps is an award-winning national service project that provides volunteer-powered caregiver support for veterans and military families. A growing and specialized need for caregiver support exists among veterans and military families. Research indicates that caregivers of veterans report more than twice the emotional stress of caregivers of adults nationally, almost three times the level of physical strain, and almost four times the level of financial hardship.