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Presentation put together for an International Conference on gerontological social work (ICERT 2008)

Presentation put together for an International Conference on gerontological social work (ICERT 2008)

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    • Older adults engaged as volunteers Assistant Ramona Bran University of the West Timisoara [email_address]
    • Facts
      • Birth rates across Europe are falling
      • Life expectancy is growing
      • fewer and fewer working people
      • older adults will have to work part-time or volunteer after retirement
    • Volunteerism
      • Doing something for the community, without expecting any reward
      • Formal
      • Informal
    • Why?
      • Altruism
      • Gaining experience
      • Personal satisfaction
      • Sense of duty
      • Making connections
      • Improving the quality of their life by improving the quality of the community
    • Who?
      • Anyone can be a volunteer!
      • No age limit!
      • No gender difference!
      • No difference in social status!
    • Older adults as beneficiaries
      • Medical care
      • Socio-cultural events
      • Access to information, psychological and juridical counseling
    • Older adults as participants
      • TIME + EXPERIENCE
    • Benefits
      • Better physical and mental health
    • Benefits
      • Stronger intergenerational ties
    • Benefits
      • Avoiding isolation and marginalization
    • Benefits
      • Feeling motivated, useful, satisfied
    • Benefits
      • Better family functioning
    • Challenges
      • Old age = passivity
      • Mentalities
    • Romania’s Case
      • Mainly informal volunteering
      • Little evidence about formal volunteering involving older adults (Council of Seniors, Timisoara)
    • Time for a change
      • Family roles (caregiving) complement, do not conflict with volunteering
      • Volunteering:
      • = substitute of professional life
      • = way of keeping up with times
      • = involves the elderly gradually, but actively and usefully
      • Thank you!
      • All photos were taken from flickr, under Creative Commons License