The Rogers County Health Dept and Peggy McGehee, representative for Sen. Dan Boren’s Office, recently joined forces to honor the impact of the Senior Companion Program in Rogers County.
At a time of increased need and declining resources, volunteers age 55 and over are stepping in to fill the gaps.
Senior Corps volunteers are delivering social and economic benefits to communities and demonstrating that service is good for the nation and those who serve.
In Rogers County alone, Senior Companion Volunteers donated $138,582 in services to the citizens of Rogers County between March 2011 and March 2012.
Senior Companions enabled elderly adults to live independently in their own homes by transporting them to medical appointments, shopping for groceries, assisting with bills and paperwork, and offering respite care.
In addition to helping others, older volunteers are also helping themselves by living active, healthy lives through volunteering.
A growing body of research points to mental and physical health benefits associated with volunteering, including lower mortality rates, increased strength and energy, decreased rates of depression, and fewer physical limitation
For more information contact the Rogers County Health Department at (918) 341-3166 or visithttp://www.seniorcorps.gov/about/programs/sc.asp.