The Senior Volunteer

Where and How Retired Americans Can Give Back


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About the Book

The goal of this comprehensive volume is to encourage volunteerism among retired and older people, for their own good and for the good of society. To this end, it documents the physical and psychosocial benefits, and the personal rewards, that derive from a productive volunteer experience. The book also discusses volunteerism in the context of changing concepts of aging and retirement in America, and presents an extensive listing of up-to-date opportunities for prospective volunteers, bringing the idea of volunteer work into the 21st century.
Three appendices provide both hard data on the ways people volunteer in America today and specific guidance on learning how to use the Internet in volunteering—including a useful glossary of Internet terms. A list of sources cited, in print and on the Internet, and an index complete the work.

About the Author(s)

Charles C. Sharpe, a retired clinical nurse specialist and nursing educator, is the author of several books on medical issues, geriatric topics and the internet. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Charles C. Sharpe
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 211
Bibliographic Info: appendices, glossary, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2005
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2144-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1094-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Abbreviations and Acronyms      3

Part I. An Overview of Volunteerism for Seniors      7

1. Volunteerism      9

2. The American Volunteer Tradition      26

3. Redefining Aging and Retirement      40

Part II. The Scope of Senior Volunteerism      61

4. How Many Seniors Volunteer?      63

5. Where Do Seniors Volunteer?      69

6. Why Do Seniors Volunteer?      73

Part III. Volunteer Opportunities      83

7. Government Programs      85

8. National Programs      116

9. International Programs      139

10. Clearinghouses      150

11. Virtual Volunteering      156

Part IV. Appendices      171

1. A Profile of Older Americans: 2003      173

2. Volunteering in the United States: 2003      180

3. Internet Tutorials      188

Internet Glossary      191

Sources      195

Index      203

Book Reviews & Awards

“interesting…well laid out…a rich resource”—Philanthropy News Digest.