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Volunteering is good for mental health, especially among older adults according to a new study from the U.K., PsychCentral reports.
For their research investigators surveyed over 60,000 adults between 1991-2008 and found that those that volunteered on a regular basis had signs of positive mental health.
“Voluntary action might provide those groups with greater opportunities for beneficial activities and social contacts, which in turn may have protective effects on health status,” Dr. Faiza Tabassum told PsychCentral.
“Particularly, with the aging of the population, it is imperative to develop effective health promotion for this last third of life, so that those living longer are healthier.”