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Volunteering as an intervention for dementia

This contains a lot of very useful information, and is very well said. Since I couldn’t improve on it, I snagged it for my own readers.

Volunteering ones time, energy and talent to organisations can be a valuable service to not only those we volunteer for, but for ourselves. Studies have shown the financial and time costs associated with volunteering and the personal, organisational, client and community benefits generated by the volunteer activity are significant, as well as a number of financial and time costs associated with volunteering. However, overall, the main beneficiary of the volunteering is the volunteer. I’ve been volunteering most of my life, and have always found this to be true.

As an intervention for dementia, volunteering can be seen as a positive way to continue to thrive in our own community. When we can no longer do paid work, we can still contribute positively, redefining ourselves and providing an enhanced sense of purpose by doing things for others. Advocacy is also a form of volunteering, and many of the Alzheimer’s organisations around the world are encouraging people…

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  1. July 15, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Thanks for re-blogging this one, and I’m thrilled it seems to have hit the spot! 🙂

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