Older Adults (age 65+)

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Trends and Highlights Overview

Overall, among Older Adults in 2015:

  • 23.5% of older adults volunteer
  • 11.0 million volunteers
  • 1.9 billion hours of service
  • $45.4 billion of service contributed
  • 90 median hours

Civic Life in America (2013 data):

  • 99.2% eat dinner with household
  • 96.6% frequently talk with neighbors
  • 39.8% participate in groups and/or organizations
  • 89.8% engage in "informal volunteering" (for example, doing favors for neighbors)

National Service

National service refers to the Corporation for National and Community Service programs: Senior CorpsAmeriCorpsthe Social Innovation Fund, and other programs and initiatives. Participants in these programs address community needs in disaster services, economic opportunity, education, the environment, health, and veterans and military families.

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