Retirees and people over 50 can sometimes find they have more time on their hands than ever before. While you may have more room in your schedule for hobbies and relaxation, it’s important to not slip into a pattern of social isolation. The CDC reports, “Social isolation was associated with about a 50% increased risk of dementia and other serious medical conditions.” Finding a part-time job or a volunteer opportunity can decrease loneliness while providing mental and physical health benefits.
There are many great part-time job opportunities for seniors. Local schools need people with flexible schedules to drive buses and work in the cafeterias. Finding a job associated with your favorite hobbies can also be rewarding. Look for positions at your nearby garden center, library, hardware store, crafting store, or coffee shop. In the summer, help is always needed at amusement parks and swimming pools.
Most job openings are posted online. Search for the positions using your town and your area of interest. Use keywords like “part-time” or “seasonal” to narrow your search. However, a broad search might show you job openings in places you hadn’t considered. If you’re having trouble looking for jobs online, your local librarians can assist in your search.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community. There are unlimited needs that could be met with your help. Here are a some to consider:
- Animal shelter – Help walk dogs, pet cats, clean pens, and give animals some love.
- Nursing home – Play games, read to, sing with, and chat with residents.
- Churches – Join a service team at your local church and uplift those you meet.
- Schools and pre-schools – Read to students, listen to younger students read, or help a teacher with classroom projects.
- Parks and Recreations Department – Coach youth sports, referee youth sports, clean parks and trails, or maintain flower beds.
- Food bank – Help clean, organize donations, and distribute food to families.
- Blood drives – Register donors and serve refreshments.
- Election Day – Volunteer at your nearest polling place to assist voters.
There are likely several non-profit organizations in or near your community. The easiest way to volunteer there is to stop by and ask how you can help. Decide a day and time that is best for you, grab a friend or two, and start sharing your time and talents.
Volunteering or working during a pandemic can be scary for many. If you’re nervous about staying safe (or are high risk) then we recommend only doing what you are comfortable with. Keep checking in with the CDC, state and local health officials about precautions you can take to stay safe.
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Our West Park retirement community offers a safe, secure environment where active seniors can live their very best lives. Our growing community is the perfect place for anyone who wants to downsize or enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle. We’re located minutes from restaurants, grocery stores, golf courses, churches, movie theaters, and shopping. Plus, West Des Moines is also home to green spaces for outdoor enthusiasts. Camping, kayaking, and hiking are available at Walnut Woods State Park or Racoon River. There are so many ways to stay active and make new friends.
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