It is estimated that 5% to 15% of the population lives with a feeling of loneliness and that over 30% of older adults in Canada are at high risk of loneliness. Civic engagement, including volunteering, can address social isolation amongst older adults and provide a sense of accomplishment and belonging to the community. This feeling is accompanied by positive benefits for your health and quality of life.
Civic participation aims to help others, solve community problems, or produce a common good and may include actions such as helping friends and neighbours, donating to a charity or organization, or volunteering for a community organization. Civic participation (especially volunteering) seems to be the key to meeting the needs of older adults in terms of proximity, meaningful relationships and reciprocity.
Read more about what the latest research says about civic engagement and participation and the many benefits of both for older adults.