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Home Instead Senior Care office serving seniors in Sacramento, Placer,
El Dorado and Nevada Counties has announced the Salute to Senior
ServiceSM program to honor senior volunteers for the tireless contributions
they make to their local communities.
The program will include a search for the most outstanding senior volunteer in
each state and culminate with the selection of a national Salute to Senior Service
winner during Older Americans Month in May.
Nominees must be 65 years of age or older and volunteer at least 15 hours a month.
Nominations will be accepted at www.SalutetoSeniorService.com through March 15,
2012. Nomination forms also can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Senior HeroSM winners will receive plaques, and their stories will be posted
on the SalutetoSeniorService.com website. In addition, $5,000 will be donated
to the national winner’s nonprofit charity of choice.
According to research conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care network, 52 percent
of seniors volunteer their time through unpaid community service. Nearly 20 percent
of seniors surveyed started volunteering when they reached the traditional age
of retirement – 65 or older. Furthermore, 20 percent of seniors who volunteer
say that their community service is the most important thing they do.
“Helping others defines life for many local retired seniors,” said
Buck Shaw, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care offices in Sacramento and Auburn, “And
what a difference we have observed in seniors’ health, attitude and outlook
among those who choose to stay active as they age.”
Dr. Erwin Tan, director of the Senior Corps, a national organization that links
more than 400,000 Americans 55 and older to service opportunities, agrees. “The
one thing that I hear constantly from the seniors in our programs is that volunteering
gives them a purpose in life – they say that it’s the reason they
get up in the morning.
“In addition, it’s a great way for them to learn new things – whether
a skill or just something about an issue in which they have an interest,” Tan
For more information about the Salute to Senior Service program please call (916)
920-2273 in Sacramento and (530) 885-3904 in Auburn.
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