Older Adults Engaged As Volunteers

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Older Adults Engaged As Volunteers

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

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