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        Age Concern in Spain has been active since 1994.  Age Concern Estepona y Manilva was registered in
        2003 and there are Age Concern branches up the coast as far as the Costa Blanca, even on the island of
        Majorca.
        The charity is always looking for volunteers to help in their shops and for community work. All volunteers
        are trained and receive regular support while enjoying fulfilling activities, meeting new friends and like-
        minded people. What many people do not realise is that volunteering can have massive benefits for the
        volunteer, particularly if they are elderly, as well as the charity.

        Volunteering helps to bridge the generation gap.
        By interacting with younger generations, seniors can share important life lessons. On the flip
        side, younger generations can teach seniors new ways of looking at life. By building a
        connection with each other, both generations can offer the respect and affirmation that humans
        crave.
        Volunteering time makes you feel like you have more time.
        Giving others your time can make your time feel more affluent. A study done at
        Wharton College found that people who give their time felt more capable, confident
        and useful. Since they were able to accomplish one thing, they think they will easily
        perform tasks in the future. So, even though realistically they have less time, they
        feel as though they have more time. Similarly, those who donate their money feel
        like they are wealthier.
        Volunteering is good for mental health.
        Volunteering keeps the brain active, which contributes to a person’s cognitive
        health. The National Institute on Ageing reported that participating in activities that
        are meaningful and productive may lower the risk of dementia and other health problems in
        seniors.                                                                                                            Authentic Italian Cuisine
        Volunteering prevents senior isolation and depression.                                                                  Lovingly prepared
        While getting out of the house is important at any age, research found that volunteering can
        have positive effects on a person’s psychological health. In a study done by the Corporation for                        Homemade pasta
        National and Community Service, researchers found that individuals who engaged in
        volunteering activities experienced a shorter course of depression than those who did not                               Homemade pizza
        volunteer. Volunteering provides the senior with a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
        Volunteering promotes physical activity.                                                                                Fine Italian wines
        Physical activity remains a vital role in positive health outcomes through the oldest ages.
        Whether that activity is helping with a local sports team or walking around your neighbourhood
        while volunteering as a companion, maintaining a healthy level of fitness helps fend off diseases
        as you age.

        To volunteer for Age Concern contact: 650163928.or email ageconcernestepona@gmail.com                                                                                 Estepona Port Top Level (next to O'Donoghue's)
                                                                                                                                                                               T:+ 34 951 901 112     M:+34 604 246 726
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