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08/18/2021 Blog: Benefits of Managing Stress

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