HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Senior volunteering indicates well-being

Retirees who volunteer or participate in community organizations enjoy significantly higher levels of psychological and physical well-being than other retirees and older workers. The reason: Volunteering probably connects retirees socially and provides routines, rituals and additional roles, according to a Cornell University study.

Although older working people volunteer at the same rate as retired persons, their level of well-being is not significantly enhanced by community service.

"That's probably because the employed already benefit from the social connectedness on their jobs," according to Cornell sociologist Phyllis Moen, the Ferris Family Professor in Life Course Studies in human development and sociology, co-director of the Cornell Gerontology Research Institute and director of the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center at Cornell.

Measures of well-being are defined by Moen as including a sense of mastery over one's life, self-esteem, life satisfaction and energy level.

Moen will present her findings Aug. 8 at the American Sociological Association meeting in Chicago. The meeting begins today (Aug. 6).

"The fact that the still-employed do not reap the same kind of benefits from volunteering as do the retired suggests that community participation compensates for the social and psychological benefits of employment among retirees," says Moen. "Since paid work seems to give workers a sense of purpose and well-being in the prime adult years, our study suggests that volunteering in community organizations does the same for retirees."

Moen recommends that the middle-aged become active in their communities early on, since volunteering rates don't rise with retirement. "Community participation gives retirees additional roles in their lives, a sense of purpose and a strong sense of being connected. And being socially connected is a powerful predictor for high levels of well-being in older life," she says.

To examine the links between communi
'"/>

Contact: Susan S. Lang
SSL4@cornell.edu
607-255-3613
Cornell University News Service
9-Aug-1999


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Senior citizens at risk for pneumonia
2. Seniors reduce or discontinue medications when faced with gap in drug coverage, UCLA study shows
3. Senior citizen drinking problems labeled invisible epidemic
4. Express Scripts 1999 drug trend report: Seniors hit hardest by record 17.4-Percent prescription drug spending increase
5. Seniors need group housing, not homes
6. Infants To Seniors: Seven Years Follow-Up Of 1,000 Liver Transplant Patients Taking Tacrolimus Indicates Children Have Best Survival
7. The art of happiness...Is volunteering the blueprint for bliss?
8. Evidence indicates cancer patients unable to intentionally postpone death for significant events
9. Abdominal fat indicates severity of metabolic syndrome in obese, postmenopausal women
10. Study indicates why hospitalists improve hospital efficiency
11. Isolated soy protein shown to benefit type 2 diabetics, study indicates

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... The American Board ... become its next President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Dr. James C. Puffer upon ... beginning July 1, 2018 until Dr. Puffer’s retirement at the end of 2018. Upon ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... ‘17, and Jennifer Huggins, PharmD ’17, along with clinical associate professor Janice ... of cardiovascular diseases during the 15th Annual Women’s Health Conference. The SIU ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... with Alzheimer’s or dementia. However, many long-term care insurance companies have a waiver for ... mean is the 90-day elimination period, when the family pays for care, is often ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th ... Park in Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, ... The fun run is geared towards children of all ages; it is a non-competitive, ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... Software Development, has been awarded a contract by the Center for Medicare and ... aims to accelerate the enterprise use of Agile methodologies in a consistent and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/27/2017)... for their devotion to personalized service, SMP Pharmacy Solutions announces ... the South Florida Business Journal,s 50 Fastest-Growing Companies, and listed ... national specialty pharmacy has found its niche.  To that end, ... honored by SFBJ as the 2017 Power Leader in Health ... his award in October, Bardisa said of the three achievements, ...
(Date:9/25/2017)...   Montrium , an industry leader in ... IQPC Trial Master Files & Inspection Readiness Conference ... Clinical Services has selected eTMF Connect ... EastHORN, a leading European contract research organization (CRO), ... to enable greater collaboration with sponsors, improve compliance ...
(Date:9/23/2017)... Sept. 22, 2017 Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Janssen) ... letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ... sirukumab for the treatment of moderately to severely active ... clinical data are needed to further evaluate the safety ... active RA. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: