Senior Volunteer: Where and how Retired Americans Can Give Back

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786421442
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 211
  • Sales rank: 1,062,532
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I An overview of volunteerism for seniors 7
1 Volunteerism 9
2 The American volunteer tradition 26
3 Redefining aging and retirement 40
Pt. 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
Pt. III Volunteer opportunities 83
7 Government programs 85
8 National programs 116
9 International programs 139
10 Clearinghouses 150
11 Virtual volunteering 156
Pt. IV Appendices 171
App. 1 A profile of older Americans : 2003 173
App. 2 Volunteering in the United States : 2003 180
App. 3 Internet tutorials 188
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