"Giving Thanks – Giving Back.” That’s a good mantra for this, or any, time of the year.

While giving financial contributions to causes that are close to your heart is always valued, sharing your time and talents has special benefits – for the recipients of your service and for you.

Christine Vanlandingham is chief operating officer of Region IV Area Agency on Aging in Southwest Michigan. Questions on age or independence services? Call the Info-Line for Aging & Disability at 800-654-2810 or visit www.areaagencyonaging.org. The Generations column appears each Saturday in The Herald-Palladium.