April is National Volunteer Month
The month of April has been designated as a time to recognize those individuals who give their time and efforts to help others. Volunteering is a part of Silverado’s culture, and both residents and associates regularly contribute their time to a variety of causes.
But volunteering can do a lot more than just create that immediate spark of pride and happiness — research is showing that it may actually be a powerful tool against dementia. The social ties and interactions of volunteering, along with the reduction in stress that often accompanies it, have shown to help individuals retain cognitive function in the face of dementia. That’s why volunteering is an important part of the Nexus Purposeful Social Activities pillar.
Here are just a few ways residents volunteer:
- Making and distributing lunches for a local homeless charity
- Baking dog treats and helping animals at the local pet shelter
- Creating art to be sold at auction to benefit various Alzheimer’s charities
Click here to read about specific Silverado volunteering stories.