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JBS Supports the Corporation for National and Community Service with Completion of Two Longitudinal Studies

February 19, 2019

Two longitudinal studies JBS conducted for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) from 2014 to 2018 found that Senior Corps volunteers not only improve the lives of others, but also improve their own health and happiness.

Caregivers play critical roles in caring for family or friends experiencing difficulties with daily living. A goal of the Senior Companion Program (SCP) volunteer is to assist caregivers with much-needed time off from their duties and provide friendship to the care recipient. 

JBS supported the implementation of the Foster Grandparent (FGP) and Senior Companion (SCP) programs to measure the effects of national service on volunteers’ self-reported mental and physical health over three years. The study also examined volunteer retention and satisfaction. 

This study’s findings show that the Senior Corps volunteers are not only improving the lives of others, they also are improving their own. After 2 years of service, first-time Senior Corps volunteers reported improvements in health, decreased depression, and less social isolation. The study found that: 84% of Senior Corps volunteers reported improved or stable health after serving in the program; and 88% of Senior Corps volunteers who first reported a lack of companionship reported a decrease in feelings of isolation.

Congratulations to the entire JBS Senior Corps Longitudinal Evaluation team!

For more information about the study, see the press release or visit the Senior Corps website to learn more about the health benefits of volunteering with Senior Corps.

 

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