Methodology

The two longitudinal studies establish the impact of volunteer service on Senior Corps volunteers serving with the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) and the Senior Companion Program (SCP), as well as the impact of volunteer service for caregivers of Senior Companion clients.

The two-year study, launched in 2014, collected data from 1,200 first-time Senior Corps volunteers throughout their service with the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs to determine the effect of national service on older adults’ overall health and well-being.

The study surveyed first-time Senior Corps volunteers upon entrance into the program and at one- and two-year follow-up points. Several health and psycho-social questions from the Health and Retirement Study survey, developed at the University of Michigan, were used by this study to provide identical measures to a national comparison group. The longitudinal study analysis compared FGP and SCP volunteers to a sample of HRS respondents, both volunteers and non-volunteers, as well as to the FGP and SCP volunteers who left service during the study period.

The Senior Companion caregiver study establishes the impact of respite services on caregivers of Senior Companion clients. The study surveyed caregivers prior to the start of respite care and at a one-year follow-up point.

The information included in this document is constructed through a sub-analysis conducted in August of 2018.

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