Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Many senior citizens say the trick to staying young is to stay active. And that means keeping both your mind and body in motion.
The College of Southern Idaho's Office on Aging offers those kinds of opportunities to volunteer.
Senior Corps Manager Kelle Johnson says, "We have the Senior Companion Program, where we are visiting homebound elderly people. We also have the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, where we provide transportation to people who don't drive any more."
The CSI Office on Aging also recruits volunteers for senior centers and home delivered meals. Other volunteer programs include adult protection, which cares for people living in long term care facilities, and the information and referral service for those of us who are age 55 and over.
Johnson says, "We served over 2000 people through the Senior Corps Programs. Over 400 volunteers served over 132,000 hours, and drove over 187,000 miles meeting community needs."
In addition to interacting with other people, volunteering improves your mental function, lowers your blood pressure, and gives you a sense of satisfaction by doing meaningful work.
Senior Volunteer Bill Curry says, "If people get old and retire, and go home and sit down on the porch and spit and chew and whittle, they die. This is a different atmosphere, and they need it. We all do."
To find out more about the CSI Office on Aging's programs, call them at 736-2122.
Mar. 8, 2013.