Archive - January, 2012

Senior volunteering – something for everyone

A senior tutoring and mentoring an elementary school student.

“I’ll be retirement age in April, and then I face the void,” my friend said to me a few weeks ago. When I asked what she meant, she said that she was afraid to retire. She loved her job, and derived much of her identify from her work. “I don’t know what to do next,” she replied.

Fortunately, there are many options for older adults after retirement. With the ageing of the world’s population, older adults are a naturally replenishing resource. And they have wealth of experience to share with others. Finding an organisation with which to volunteer can be fulfilling, and can be a big help to other people.

Are all older adults ready and willing to volunteer? The answer depends on several things. First, it depends on the nature of the volunteer job. Do you agree with the mission of the organisation? Does the organisation have a volunteer job that “fits” with your skills and interests? Do you receive on-the-job training? Are there easy ways to communicate with staff members, and are you kept “in the loop?” Are you recognised for your contributions?

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