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Author: Romero, Carol Jusenius
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1. Romero, Carol Jusenius
Retirement and Older American's Participation in Volunteer Activities
In: Problem Isn't Age: Work and Older Americans. S.H. Sandell, ed. New York, NY: Praeger, 1987
Cohort(s): Mature Women, Older Men
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
Keyword(s): Assets; Early Retirement; Health/Health Status/SF-12 Scale; Retirement; Volunteer Work

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This article provides an overview of voluntarism in the United States and characterizes who volunteers and why. Data from national surveys on voluntarism indicate that relatively few adults (less than a third in 1981) perform volunteer work for formal organizations, and that voluntarism is greater among younger than older adults and greater among older women than older men. Analysis of three ACTION programs designed for senior volunteers indicates that a large majority of participants are unmarried women living alone. Data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Mature Men and Mature Women indicate that male voluntarism is not affected by race, marital status, age, or health status. It also is unaffected by employment status, amount of time employed, years since retirement, or continued work after retirement. Voluntarism is greater among men who are more financially secure, more educated, have a desire to remain active, and live outside cities in areas with low unemployment rates. Regardless of type, volunteer activity is more likely to be practiced among more educated women with a history of volunteering. Lower rates of voluntarism are associated with not working and lower income from assets for men, while these factors affect only social-welfare voluntarism of women. Includes references. [AgeLine]
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Romero, Carol Jusenius. "Retirement and Older American's Participation in Volunteer Activities" In: Problem Isn't Age: Work and Older Americans. S.H. Sandell, ed. New York, NY: Praeger, 1987