The National Elder Service Project assesses volunteerism as one type of productive activity that holds great promise for engagement of older adults. It focuses on volunteer programs that actively seek older volunteers for their talents and experiences and engage older adults in tasks aimed at improving families and communities. Elder volunteer and service programs are growing in number, emerging as part of the sweeping demographic change that is making older adults one of the nation’s greatest and most underutilized resources.
Project: Older Adults in Service to Society
Morrow-Howell, N., Tang, F., Hong, S., Goldberg, J., Kim, S., & Luman, A. (2006). Older adults in service to society (CSD Research Report No. 06-05). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.