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Five Ways Volunteering Benefits Older Adults


Posted on February 26, 2018 by Atria Senior Living


If you have ever worked in a soup kitchen, donated blood or spent a Saturday afternoon cleaning your local beach or park, you know volunteering is good for you!

People enjoy doing things that bring more meaning and purpose to their lives. Older adults are no different.

Here are a few of the benefits volunteering offers older adults who want to lead active, healthy lifestyles:

  1. Healthy body, healthy mind - Studies show volunteering is good for both our bodies and our minds. Among other benefits, volunteering can reduce stress, improve mood, help prevent loneliness and lower the risk of developing high blood pressure. So, for older adults with physical ailments, volunteering can actually make you feel better.
  2. Trying new things - Volunteering allows older adults to stay active. Whether reading to school children, visiting with patients in the hospital or baking dog treats for a local shelter, volunteering offers an array of opportunities to try new things.
  3. Leaving a legacy - Older adults often think about how they have contributed to the world and what mark they will leave behind. Volunteering gives a sense of purpose, while simultaneously making a positive difference in the world by improving the life of another.
  4. Connecting with others - Forging connections with people is part of what makes us human. Volunteering provides more opportunities to connect with different types of people. Atria communities are always in search of intergenerational opportunities for residents, such as working in a community garden with a group of Eagle Scouts or writing cards to soldiers with a local youth group.
  5. It’s enjoyable - When an Atria resident who volunteers at the library was asked why volunteering is important to her, she said, “It’s fun, and it gives me something to do.”She’s right; being a small part of something much larger than yourself is just plain fun.

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86-Year-Old Dancer Shares Her Wit and Wisdom – Atria Crossgate

Doing it for the joy of it: An 86-Year-Old Salsa Dancer Shares Her Wit and Wisdom


Posted on February 10, 2015 by Taylor Rhea


“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.” – Agnes DeMille, dancer and choreographer

86-year-old Atria Crossgate resident Angela C., who’s been dancing more than 50 years, has known the power and glory of this graceful art form all her life.  (more…)


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76-Year-Old Says Aging is an Adventure – Atria Seville

76-Year-Old Says Aging is an Adventure


Posted on October 26, 2014 by Taylor Rhea


“You’re too old.”

“You’ll get hurt.”

“Your body can’t do what it used to.”

“Don’t risk it.”

These are just a few myths about aging that society supports – the notion that as we age, we weaken. We decline. That somehow we are less of a person, with limited value.

Lilias G., an Atria Seville resident, refuses to adopt this mentality. (more…)


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Frank Seaman Flying A Plane

Flying High at Age 98


Posted on February 12, 2014 by Taylor Rhea


No matter how old we grow, we never lose our desire for a thrill: the feeling of exhilaration, a mixture of excitement and fear. It’s the kind that makes adrenaline rush through our bodies on a rollercoaster ride. The kind that lets us escape from our ordinary lives, even just for a moment.

Something thrilling. (more…)


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Why Active Aging is the New Norm Among Boomers


Posted on February 11, 2014 by Katy Miller


The term “retirement” will certainly take on a new meaning over the next couple of decades. Active aging is fast becoming the norm among baby boomers as they seek to continue living engaged and fulfilling lives, even as they age. Whereas past generations wanted to transition from a life of work to a life of leisure, today’s older adults look for a good balance of activity and rest. And they want to try new things, just as they have their whole lives. In short, they want retirement to be as active, engaging and enthralling as their pre-retirement lives. (more…)


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