By Nick Phillips, group chief executive, Community Impact Bucks
Last week there was a fair bit of media coverage about England’s chief medical officer calling on people aged between 50 and 70 to keep working to stay healthy.
In a report on the health of the so-called baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, Prof Dame Sally Davies said the physical and mental health benefits of being employed or volunteering “should not be underestimated”.
She said working helps people feel fulfilled and less isolated.
“Staying in work, volunteering or joining a community group can make sure people stay physically and mentally active for longer.
“The health benefits of this should not be underestimated.”
The report even says that volunteering can be better for you than exercise.
Earlier this week I was talking to the Chamber of Commerce in Chesham (sorry for running over my allotted time again, by the way!) about volunteering and the benefits to business about having a workforce engaged in volunteering. Better health, better morale and evidence says better profits – but even once retired it seems that volunteering is good for you.
It is really easy to find out what is on offer go to www.volunteerbucks.org.uk
It’s got to beat working!