Volunteering Good for Mind and Body

    Jane Ramos is an active volunteer at United Regional. She says she needed something to do after she retired from 40 years of teaching. Now, she's one of more than 300 "giving back" by volunteering at the hospital.
    She says, "I think anytime you're being active it makes your day better."
    Jane works nearly 13 hours a week and also helps out at her church. Experts say volunteering is a great way to stay active.
    Dr. Olga Tezaguic says, "Volunteering is a wonderful way to stay mentally and physically active. It gets people out and socializing with other people which is good for self worth."
    Senior volunteers make a difference each day, and in turn it's making a big difference in their mental and physical health.
    Recent studies of senior volunteers show staying active, alert and on the move through volunteerism can keep you sharp and help overcome feelings of isolation and depression.
    Ramos says, "It's very rewarding. It's time consuming, and sometimes it's very tiring. Sometimes I go home and just sit for an hour, but it is rewarding."

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