GRAND Magazine - November/December 2018 - 36

invisible grands

"Gotta serve somebody"...especially during the holidays

How to fill the hole in our hearts during this memory-triggering time of the year
BY PAT HANSON, PH.D.

T

he refrain of the popular Bob Dylan song "Gotta
Serve Somebody" is more important than ever
during the holiday season. Grandparents handling separation for reasons of distance, complicated
custody issues, immigration issues, or even death,
need more than ever to give their time to others in
need.

"

"Research shows that older
adults who volunteer in
activities they consider
meaningful are happier and
less depressed..."

"

Why? Not only do volunteer acts assist others,
but they also benefit the volunteering individual. Studies have shown that service can cause a
decrease in loneliness for those volunteering as
well as helping the organizations and people they
serve. Research reported by the National Institute
on Aging shows that older adults who volunteer
in activities they consider meaningful are happier
and less depressed, cope better with loss, and may
even have a lower risk of dementia and health
problems.
There are many proven personal benefits of
community volunteerism. Working together with a
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