Making a difference

Over-60s volunteering in retirement

Submitted on Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:26 pm
BBC News
Two out of five people over the age of 60 do voluntary work, a survey has suggested. A fifth of those questioned helped at least two charities. Women were more likely to support children or lunch clubs while men volunteered at local football clubs or health charities. Almost 700 over-60s were questioned by the Royal Voluntary Service who found that most - 83% - did so because they believed charity work was important. Nearly half of those questioned said they chose to volunteer because they needed to feel their life had a purpose - and 3% said they needed time away from their partners.

"I'm Not Bored Yet"

Submitted on Sun, 07/14/2013 - 8:12 am

I recently asked a retired friend how he liked retirement, and he said "I'm not bored yet". I thought that was such an odd way to put it. But after talking to others that have been retired a while it seems to be a recurring theme. There is a lot of time to fill and many people seem to be having trouble keeping busy. Purpose Award

Submitted on Sun, 06/23/2013 - 2:57 pm

The Prize awards $100,000 to at least one individual in his or her encore career creating new ways to solve tough social problems. The Purpose Prize® is the nation's only large-scale investment in people over 60 who combine passion and experience for social good. “A kind of MacArthur ‘genius award’ for retirees.” -- NPR