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3 Volunteering Resources for Older Adults

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 10, 2017 at 8:30 AM

volunteer-older-adults.jpgIn 2014, 1 in 4 Americans volunteered through an organization and two-thirds helped their neighbors last year. The age groups with the highest median hours among volunteers are ages 65-74 (92 hours) and those 75 and older (90 hours).

These adults help others — but are also leading more active lives because of their volunteering, and studies are showing both physical and mental health benefits for them because of their participation. These include:

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Topics: volunteering

Benefits of Intergenerational Programs

Posted by Kendal at Home on January 28, 2016 at 8:30 AM

intergenerational-programs.jpgIntergenerational programming benefits the older adults who participate—and also benefits the youth participants and the community at large. The first intergenerational program of significance, the Foster Grandparent Program, was created in 1963 in response to social concerns surrounding poverty. The organization paired lower-income older adults (ages 60 and up) with special needs children. The goal was twofold: to provide one-on-one support to the children while reducing the sense of isolation among the adults. Since then, intergenerational programs have expanded to address numerous social concerns.

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Topics: older adults, volunteering, intergenerational programs

Why You Should Volunteer After Retirement as a Second Career

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on August 15, 2014 at 7:30 AM

why_volunteer_after_retirementVolunteering is one of the many ways in which older adults are staying active after retirement. If your career days are behind you, finding a consistent volunteer opportunity can be a great way to have a second career in your retirement.

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Topics: volunteering, volunteer after retirement

5 Ideas for Remaining Active While Volunteering this Summer

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on June 21, 2013 at 8:29 AM

kendal at Oberlin members on a walkFor many Kendal at Oberlin residents, community engagement is nothing new. “I’'m a shopper for the Stephens Care Center,” says resident Cate, an avid volunteer. “I usually do that about once every couple of months. …I'’ve done Meals on Wheels for years, and I’'m still able to do a small job at the church.”

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Topics: remaining active, volunteering

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