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How Seniors Can Get Involved During the Holidays

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During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, many seniors want to be involved, seeking opportunities to stay active and help the community. It's the most wonderful time of the year, and there are many options for seniors who wish to get involved this holiday season. Whether it's cuddling puppies at the local animal shelter or serving meals to the less fortunate, seniors have a valuable place in society, especially during the holidays. Here's how seniors can get involved during the holidays.

Greeters & Gift Wrappers

Many stores hire extra help during the holiday season. After all, with all of the extra traffic in the store and the need for more merchandise, extra sets of hands are always welcome. Seniors are perfect additions to the holiday team. Not only do they help out the store, they can also get in the holiday spirit and stay active. Many stores hire for greeters to welcome eager holiday shoppers into the store, and it's a perfect way for seniors to bring cheer to others. The great thing about most greeting jobs is that you have the option to sit or stand, so if standing for long periods of time isn't possible, it's not a problem to have a seat and still get the job done.

 Department stores, especially, tend to offer gift wrapping services during the holidays, and what better way for seniors to get involved than helping shoppers wrap their gifts? Spread a little holiday cheer this year and help out your local retail community.

Bell Ringers

The Salvation Army has thousands of bell ringers stationed throughout the country, making this another great way for seniors to get involved during the holidays and be a part of a good cause. Mostly placed at grocery stores, small shops and shopping plazas, Salvation Army bell ringers not only help members of the community get involved, they also aid the less fortunate. Again, if standing for long periods of time isn't possible, there's no problem with having a seat while you're helping to bring joy to others during the holidays.

Other Volunteering Opportunities

Non-profit organizations are always looking for volunteers, no matter what time of the year it is, making this another perfect way for seniors to get involved. Organizations to consider include:

·       Local animal shelters

·       Hospitals

·       Big Brothers Big Sisters

·       Local meal programs

 Volunteering is not only a rewarding experience, it helps to increase morale, while giving back to the community. A little bit goes a long way, so find an organization that you're passionate about and see if they need some extra help. Chances are, they'll welcome you with open arms.

Seniors and the Holidays

The holidays can be a challenging time for seniors, especially those who may not have many family members nearby. In getting involved with the local community, it brings a sense of purpose and joy to the lives of many. It also helps seniors stay active and positive during the holiday season. If you're wanting to get involved, take a look around. You may be surprised at how many organizations are in need of some extra help this holiday season.

 

 

Best Jobs for Seniors

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When you're retired, you may not know what to do with all of the free time on your hands. This can be especially challenging for seniors who are active and want to get out and do something! Some seniors want something extra to do, while others would like a bit of extra income. No matter what you're looking for, there's a place for seniors in the workplace to stay involved, active and mentally stimulated. Here are some of the best jobs for seniors.

Hotel Concierge

If you're a people person and are familiar with your area, a hotel concierge might be the perfect job for you. This is a great job for seniors who wish to interact with guests, showing them all that there is to do in town, while in a comfortable environment. There's no heavy lifting or high impact tasks here...just fulfillment in helping guests choose the following:

 

·       Restaurants

·       Entertainment

·       Activities

·       Tours

·       Events

 

If you're looking to stay involved and active, a hotel concierge position might just be the job for you. You get to interact with people and have fun helping out!

Pet Sitter or Dog Walker

If you're still quite mobile this might be a very rewarding and fun job. Many seniors turn to pet sitting or dog walking to keep them up and active, and it's a perfect job for animal lovers. This is a great opportunity to either work for yourself or get involved with a company that provides these services. Work as much or as little as you wish, and care for animals at the same time. What could be better?

Volunteering

Do you have a cause or organization that you're passionate about? If you're not looking to make extra income, but are looking to stay involved, volunteering might be for you. You can volunteer at many places, including local food banks or animal shelters, lending a hand to those in need. A helping hand is always appreciated at various charities and non-profits, making this a rewarding job for many seniors.

Retail

The holidays are perfect for seniors who want to stay busy. Many retailers are looking for extra help this time of the year, and seniors can make the perfect gift wrappers, and greeters. It's a fun time to get involved and put smiles on faces, and many seniors opt for retail jobs both seasonally and permanently.

Seniors Staying Active

Being a senior is an exciting time. All of your hard work over the years, whether it be in the home, work place or both has paid off and you're able to retire peacefully. It doesn't mean that you still can't be involved in the community! Get and stay active with a job that is rewarding to you. Help people, help yourself and spread joy while you get involved!