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Wellhaven column: The value of senior volunteers

Volunteering can have a big impact on the residents at Wellhaven Senior Living. Volunteers do various activities at Wellhaven including putting on recitals and caroling. Photo courtesy of Wellhaven

"You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give," quoted from Elizabeth Andrew.

Volunteers make nonprofits like ours, the Senior Center and the Red Cross possible. At Wellhaven we have volunteers do various things with or for our tenants. For example, a volunteer helps with all the Thursday afternoon activities and another volunteer hosts a 500 club and helps out with Memory Cafe. Volunteering can promote health and longevity.

In 2017, research about seniors and volunteering was conducted by the Home Instead, Inc. Some of that research states that 75 percent of volunteers 65 and older claim volunteering helps them with their chronic health conditions. Seventy percent are able to overcome feeling depressed, 90 percent want to share their talents, skills and experience, and 98 percent stay active and feel better physically. No matter your age, you are welcome to volunteer at Wellhaven.

Ninety percent of the workers for the American Red Cross are volunteers. If you can't take the time to volunteer now, think about donating your blood. Donating your blood can give hope and life. Most seniors can donate too. On Dec. 4, Wellhaven hosted a blood drive with the American Red Cross. As always it was a wonderful experience. Thank you to all who donated.

From Pastor Gaertner, VP Ministry and national director of Jesus Cares Ministry, our Bible verse of the week is Mark 13:37 "What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!'" The words of Jesus in our Bible verse for this week remind us that at this time of the year, we as Christians are not just to be watching and preparing for Jesus' coming as a baby at Christmas. Here are a few things we can do to make sure that we are always watching and ready for Jesus' return as judge — pray. Prayer is that wonderful gift which God has given to us to allow us to talk to him to ask him for his blessings, thank him for those blessings and tell him what is on our mind. It would only be fitting to use that privilege of prayer to ask God to help us be watchful and ready for his return.

Be in the word while prayer allows us to talk to God and ask him to help us remain watchful, it is being in the word of God, the Bible which will help us stay strong in our faith and fight off the temptations of being lazy or arrogant in our faith.

Christmas will be here before we know it. So many activities go on at Wellhaven especially this time of year. The Senior Center Christmas Party is 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11. To RSVP call Faye at 715-425-9932. We also have many groups putting on recitals and caroling. Thank you to all the groups and volunteers that come in during this time. We are always looking for volunteers to run programs. If you are interested please call Laura at 715-426-4633.