Learn About the Benefits of Helping Older Adults

Learn About the Benefits of Helping Older Adults

Helping older adults can bring up both positive and negative emotions.


The rewards people feel from helping older adults can include:

  • Being proud about doing their best to help
  • Giving back to someone who helped them
  • Finding new meaning or purpose in life
  • Feeling needed or appreciated
  • Growing in their skills and confidence
  • Developing closer relationships


Helpers can also:

  • Learn useful, practical information
  • Develop personal strengths
  • Understand their own aging and options better
  • Make connections with individuals and organizations
  • Gain new perspective on their own priorities


People are more likely to benefit from helping older adults when they:

  • Value their relationship with the older adult
  • Respect the older adult’s knowledge, abilities and wishes
  • Support the older adult’s goals and decisions
  • Have support from their family and friends
  • Understand when things are beyond their control
  • Look for positives and lessons learned from challenging situations
  • Give themselves credit for all they do
  • Manage their stress and take care of themselves