New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that older adults who volunteer for at least 200 hours per year decrease their risk of hypertension, or high blood pressure, by 40 percent. The study, published by the American Psychological Association’s Psychology and Aging journal, suggests that volunteer work may be an effective non-pharmaceutical option to help prevent the condition. Hypertension affects an estimated 65 million Americans and is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.
So, once again, Catholic Charities is here for you. When it comes to volunteer opportunities, you name it; we’ve got it. From coaching a basketball game, to painting a mural, to running the ING NYC Marathon, our cup runneth over with ways you can help. And ways to extend your life!