For many Central Coast seniors who live in San Luis Obispo retirement communities, lifestyle is a major determining factor for where they want to live. At places like The Manse on Marsh, what our San Luis Obispo retirement community residents enjoy the most are the chances to interact with fellow residents, staff and family, and to give back through a number of on and off campus volunteer programs.
Some of our more recent retirement community volunteer efforts have included collecting supplies for San Luis Obispo schools, and donating handmade hats and blankets to welcome newborns at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. Finding ways to give back helps keep our independent and assisted living residents connected to other San Luis Obispo retirees and the community. As an added bonus, volunteering comes with some fantastic health benefits.
Research indicates that we reap numerous benefits when we help others; volunteering can improve well-being by reducing heart rate and blood pressure, recharging the immune system, and buffering the impact of stress. Socially, volunteering provides the opportunity to meet like-minded people and form new connections, while also raising self-confidence and self-esteem. Simply put, when we do good, we feel good!
San Luis Obispo retirement community volunteers are highly likely to benefit from volunteering, in part because it provides them with physical and social activity and a sense of purpose. Studies have shown that volunteering may increase life expectancy while improving quality of life as well. For many seniors, lending a hand can provide an important link to their community at a time when they may be struggling to find meaningful ways to give back.
The best news of all? Nearly everyone can volunteer in some capacity, whether by lending talents or lending time. Delivering meals to the less mobile, making hats and blankets for newborns, and reading to children at a local school or library are all things that may seem small, but have a big impact in the community.
Did you know? RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is a volunteer network for people aged 55 and older. This network matches senior volunteers with diverse service opportunities in their communities, from tutoring and mentoring to renovating homes and assisting victims of natural disasters.
We think a vacation stay is a great way to get to know The Manse on Marsh retirement community and San Luis Obispo better. Stay with us and enjoy our on-campus activities as well as our premier culinary offerings. We’ll be happy to show you around and introduce you to our residents. Contact us today for more information!