Stress can wreak havoc on the mind and body. Stress releases hormones and other
chemicals in the body that can trigger serious problems, including:
- Headaches and muscle tension
- Fatigue and insomnia
- Increased risk of heart attack
- High blood sugar
- Weakened immune system
- Depression and anxiety
Older adults often live in a constant state of stress. Worries about finances, health, and their ability to complete everyday tasks can pile up. Having a support system helps ease burdens and reduce stress in older adults. Catholic Charities Senior Volunteer Companion program pairs adults 55+ with seniors in need to help them with daily tasks and to provide support and friendship.
As a senior companion volunteer, there are many simple ways you can help reduce stress in the lives of seniors. Things like going for a walk, playing a board game, doing a puzzle, or even just talking can make a big difference. Giving a small amount of your time can reduce stress and improve quality of life for an older adult.
Becoming a senior companion volunteer helps older adults manage stress in their life, but it also provides incredible benefits to you, including:
- Satisfaction of helping others
- A modest, tax-free stipend
- Transportation reimbursement
- Accident and liability insurance while on duty
Help an older adult live a more stress-free life today. Learn more and apply at CCSeniors.org