“Active ageing” has become a key phrase in the discourses about healthy aging processes, and one important way that it has been achieved in Europe is through the engagement of older people in volunteer work. Active Ageing offers a much-needed compendium of research on volunteerism among seniors. Ranging across eight European countries, the contributors highlight how different levels in the structure of volunteeringfrom local to nationalinteract, and how these interactions either facilitate or hinder seniors’ inclusion in voluntary work. They go on to offer policy suggestions for a more integrated strategy that can better support this unique group of volunteer workers.
|Publisher:||Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol|
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About the Author
Andrea Principi is a researcher in sociology at the National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing in Ancona, Italy, where Giovanni Lamura is a researcher in social gerontology. Per H. Jensen is professor of social policy and director of the Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies at Aalborg University in Denmark. He is coeditor of The Changing Face of Welfare, also published by the Policy Press at the University of Bristol.
Table of Contents
PART I: REALISING VOLUNTEERING BY OLDER PEOPLE IN EUROPE: AN OVERARCHING APPROACH
Introduction: enhancing volunteering in later life in Europe
~ Jensen, P.H. and Principi, A.
Volunteering in older age: a conceptual and analytical framework
~ Jensen, P.H., Lamura, G. and Principi, A.
PART II: OPPORTUNITIES AND RESTRICTIONS FOR OLDER VOLUNTEERS: NATIONAL EXPERIENCES
Older volunteers in Italy: an underestimated phenomenon?
~ Principi, A., Chiatti, C. and Lamura, G.
Older volunteers in Denmark: a large voluntary sector in a highly developed welfare state
~ Jensen, P.H.
Older volunteers in Germany: opportunities and restrictions in the welfare mix
~ Aleksandrowicz, P., Bockermann, D. and Frerichs, F.
Older volunteers in England: towards greater flexibility and inclusiveness?
~ Lindley, R., Baldauf, B., Galloway, S. and Li, Y.
Older volunteers in France: recognising their social utility in a less and less corporatist welfare state
~ Poussou-Plesse, M., Mascova, E. and Petit, M
Older volunteers in Poland: the heritage of a socialist regime
~ Turek, K. and Perek Bialas, J.
Older volunteers in Sweden: a welfare state in transition
~ Andersson, P.Å. and Anxo, D.
Older volunteers in the Netherlands: new challenges to an old tradition
~ Schippers, J. and Conen, W.
PART III: OPPORTUNITIES AND RESTRICTIONS FOR OLDER VOLUNTEERS: CASE STUDIES IN EUROPEAN VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS
Voluntary organisations’ characteristics and practices towards older volunteers
~ Principi, A. and Perek-Bialas, J.
Organisational reflections on the impact of working and caring on older volunteering
~ Lindley, R. and Principi, A.
Organisations’ age management of volunteers: pointing to the future
~ Schippers, J. and Principi, A.
PART IV: CONCLUSIONS
Conclusions: enhancing volunteering by older people in Europe
~ Principi, A., Lamura G. and Jensen, P.H.