Harnessing The Therapeutic Power Of Volunteering Essays

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Source : Alspach, JG 2014, 'Harnessing the Therapeutic Power of Volunteering ', Critical Care Nurse, vol. 34, no. 6, pp. 11-14. Available from: 10.4037/ccn2014239. [17 April 2015].

Key findings: substantial amount of health benefits, ‘the affirmation “It makes me feel good” represents a considerable understatement of the actual physiologic beneficence accrued.’ reported benefits range across career, social, and health dimensions. career benefits - work experience, skills, have greater chance of finding a job, establishing contacts for work network, quality of resume improves. social benefits - meeting new people, expanding social network, feel needed and valued by others, role model for younger generation, greater feeling of belonging in community, making a difference in peoples lives. mental health benefits - improved quality of life, lower rates of depression, reduced stress/psychological distress, Increased self-esteem, Greater sense of meaning and purpose in life, Improved coping with one’s own illness, Expanded social interactions and support system. physical health benefits - Improved ability to carry out activities of daily living, Better health coping mechanisms, Reduced cardiovascular risk factors: lower cholesterol, interleukin 6, and body mass index, Less hypertension, adoption of healthy lifestyles such as disease prevention increased physical activity and responsible amounts of drinking, ewer hospitalisations, Improved pain management.
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