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The Heart of Giving: Seniors Who Volunteer

Seniors Who Volunteer | Luxury Senior Living

As older adults enter their golden years, many embark on exciting new chapters, brimming with fresh possibilities. While some seniors may pursue a newfound passion or refine an existing skill, others might prioritize time for relaxation and cherishing moments with loved ones. Whichever path is chosen, a common thread often links these journeys: the desire to make a positive impact on the world. Seniors who volunteer from both Robson Reserve at PebbleCreek and Robson Reserve at Sun Lakes, have discovered fulfilling volunteer opportunities, both within our vibrant communities and extending out into the Greater Phoenix area and the Chandler area of the East Valley. This engagement helps weave in the 7 Dimensions of Wellness for Active Aging into our residents’ lives. Each activity strategically involves these dimensions of Active Aging: physical, intellectual, spiritual, social, vocational, emotional, and environmental.

Reigniting Passion: Seniors Who Volunteer are Empowered with Purpose, Connection, and Growth

Stepping into retirement can feel like entering uncharted territory. For many, the familiar rhythm of work fades, leaving a void to fill. This transition, while exciting, can also spark a renewed sense of purpose, meaningful connections, and opportunities for continued learning. Volunteering is a great opportunity to fill that void, offering an enriching path to rediscover passion and empower active aging. For our seniors who volunteer and would like to explore options outside of the community, there are many local organizations nearby that offer opportunities to make a difference. At Robson Reserve at PebbleCreek, several residents volunteer at local organizations. Some volunteer in music programs and choirs, while others participate in other events, like annual food drives. For Robson Reserve at Sun Lakes residents, many volunteer at nearby organizations within music programs, while others volunteer at a local organization that hosts a Memory Cafe every month. For those who would rather volunteer within the community, many residents help their fellow neighbors by walking their dogs. Some at Robson Reserve at Sun Lakes have become the designated leaders for helping residents in the new Corner Market, showing them how to check out at the self-checkout kiosk.

Building Bridges of Friendship

Social isolation, a silent adversary for the elderly, can lurk in the shadows of retirement. Many new residents face this when moving into Independent Living or Assisted Living at a senior community. One way that many residents have been able to combat this is through volunteering within the community. Volunteering offers a powerful antidote, fostering connections with like-minded individuals who share similar passions. Some may choose to volunteer on the Library Committee within our Goodyear and Sun Lakes senior communities, organizing the many reading options offered, picking which books are to stay and which ones are to go. Others may choose to join the Welcome Neighbor Committees started at both communities, welcoming new neighbors moving in from the Goodyear, Buckeye, and Estrella areas or from the Chandler, Queen Creek or Sun Lakes areas. These new bonds go above and beyond mere acquaintanceship, offering a sense of belonging and shared purpose for all. The laughter shared, the challenges overcome, and the victories celebrated together weave a tapestry of social connection. This type of connection aims to combat loneliness and foster emotional well-being.

Embracing Lifelong Learning

Learning has no age limit. Volunteering throws open doors to acquiring new skills and expanding knowledge. These experiences not only benefit others but also keep minds sharp and spirits engaged. As an example, residents can join groups that knit and crochet at both of the Robson Senior Living Communities. Residents founded these groups as a way to give back to their community. The group at Robson Reserve at PebbleCreek knits and crochets hats for the NICU at nearby hospitals like Banner Estrella. The group of residents at Robson Reserve at Sun Lakes knit and crochet to give back to breast cancer survivors. Residents not only learn a new skill, but they also find a new sense of purpose within their retirement. This continuous learning journey fosters a sense of personal growth and accomplishment.

Beyond Giving Back

In volunteering, the act of giving contributes to personal gain. Our residents rediscover purpose, forge meaningful connections, and embark on a path of lifelong learning. As they contribute their time, talents, and wisdom, seniors who volunteer can make a positive impact on the world. In addition, they can also experience personal growth and enrichment. At both Robson Reserve at Sun Lakes and Robson Reserve at PebbleCreek, our resident’s journeys inspire us all to embrace lifelong learning and finding new connections. So, step forward, embrace the journey, and discover the joy of volunteering – a path to purpose, connection, and growth that awaits!

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