As career and family demands
lessen, many older adults are looking
for other meaningful things to do.
Many are finding that volunteering
or working with non-profit
organizations uses their skills and
knowledge and helps them give back
to their communities.
Volunteer Canada’s 2013 report,
Giving your time and talent
improves health, longevity and
Volunteering and Older Adults,
estimates seniors could make up
as much as a quarter of Canada’s
population by 2036 and that many
baby boomers and seniors volunteer.
As the number of seniors grows, so
will their contributions.
Giving back through volunteering
keeps older adults active and
engaged—critical for healthy aging.
Studies have shown that volunteering
can reduce depression and functional
limitations, and lead to better
overall health and greater longevity.
Aside from physical, emotional and
cognitive benefits, volunteering also
improves social support, inclusion
and civic engagement.
An increasing number of seniors are volunteering after retirement.