Volunteering and Health among Older Adults.

Ernest Gonzales, Zainab Suntai, Jenna Abrams

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Volunteering in later life has captured the attention of scholars, social scientists, policymakers, practitioners, and the public due to a growing body of research documenting the health, social, and economic benefits for older adults, families, communities, and society. There are a number of volunteer roles throughout the United States. Older adults volunteer for religious, educational, health-related, or other charitable organizations. In 2012, the Independent Sector (2010) valued volunteer time by adults aged 65+ at $40 billion annually and $62 billion annually for baby boomers. Others have demonstrated that volunteering helps older adults gain employment (Gonzales and Nowell 2016) and may reduce healthcare utilization (Kim and Konrath 2016).
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging
EditorsDanan Gu, Matthew E. Dupre
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
StatePublished - 2019


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