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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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