11/18/2015 – In retirement, seniors reinvent themselves as volunteers (The Washington Post)

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According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, 18.7 million people over 55, or more than a quarter of the total, do volunteer work. They contributed about 3 billion hours of service every year between 2008 and 2010.

The information collected by the agency, which supervises AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America and other service initiatives, offers a compelling reason for older people to volunteer: It helps them live longer and healthier. Several studies of older volunteers showed lower rates of mortality and depression and fewer physical limitations, regardless of other factors such as income, education or marital status, according to a 2010 “Volunteering in America” report from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Read the full article in The Washington Post.

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