In a recent bulletin, NACA reports:
Clearly older Canadians have hearts of gold but expect the battle to win them to be hard-fought. “Gone are the days of seniors looking for ways to fill up their time,” NACA says.
The report also suggests that organizations keep in mind that volunteering is a two-way exchange. Older adults today “are used to being productive members of society and to experiences that provide intrinsic rewards (such as learning, sense of accomplishment and problem solving) and a few extrinsic rewards (for example, thanks and recognition, transportation subsidies or input into programming).”
Today, those organizations that are capable of offering older adults meaningful and challenging experiences that tap into their wide-range of skills are the most likely to attract their services.
Seniors Contribute! (January 2006) is available at: www.naca.ca