Volunteering can play a vital role in healthy aging. Remaining active and staying connected to the community can have a tremendous positive impact on a person’s social, physical and emotional well-being. Studies have found that older adults who volunteer have reduced stress-related illnesses and higher self-esteem and are less likely to feel isolated. Volunteering can also have a positive impact on lifestyle transitions in older adults as they retire, downsize their housing or deal with health issues.
According to Statistics Canada, Canada’s senior adults volunteer an average of 223 hours each year, more than any other age group. They are an extremely important demographic to Canada’s voluntary sector.
Volunteer Canada has developed a number of tools and resources that explore the opportunities and barriers to effectively engaging boomers and older adults. We are in a very fortunate position, as there now exists a large and highly talented group able to contribute to their communities and nurture the spirit of civic engagement in Canada.