EngAGED promotes and provides opportunities to improve the rates of social engagement in older adults because remaining socially engaged improves quality of life and is associated with better health.
We guide our work through a strategic framework that is designed to contribute to a greater level of opportunity for and participation in social engagement activities on the part of older adults. The strategic framework includes these four key elements with volunteerism viewed as an essential component of the four key elements.
Developing sustainable partnerships
Conducting evaluation and seeking improvement
by Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
A new study released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), provides evidence that consistent volunteering can improve the health and well-being of people age 55 and older. The study examined how participation in national service contributes to changes in health and well-being of Senior Corps volunteers. A companion study explored the health benefits to caregivers who receive support from Senior Corps Senior Companion volunteers.
The recently released “All In Together: Creating Places Where Young And Old Thrive” report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation includes the findings of two national surveys, profiles of model programs and recommendations for how we can increase the number of the intergenerational shared sites. The report provides case studies and recommendations that illustrate how shared sites as an approach primed to remedy can remedy isolations and loneliness in older adults. Greater awareness of the potential of shared sites can create new environments to confront ageism, break down the barriers of age-segregation and forge long-lasting and life-changing intergenerational bonds.
Every May, we celebrate and honor the older adults who enrich our communities and lives. Older adults make an impact in and strengthen their communities in a variety of ways. This year’s Older Americans Month theme is Connect, Create, Contribute. Visit the Administration for Community Living’s Older Americans Month website for materials to help your organization commemorate the month and look for additional resources to be posted here soon.
In addition to this June 14, 2019 conference, engAGED will be presenting at other key engagements throughout the year.
Look for us at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNS) for the Senior Corps Seminar Series in Washington, DC and then again in Denver, CO. For more information, visit the event summary page here.
Were you unable to tune in live to our Twitter Chat during National Volunteer Week? We’ve made it easy to catch a full recap of the action here. Learn more about volunteer resources, opportunities and benefits. Continue to connect with us on Twitter @n4aACTION.
Social engagement opportunities are many and varied including, civic engagement/volunteerism, creative and cultural participation, intergenerational opportunities, lifelong learning and technology. And we have learned that remaining engaged in activities and community contributes to greater physical, mental and emotional health and well-being in older adults thereby helping to avoid the negative impacts of isolation.
Engaging in abundant physical, mental and social activities are commonly seen as the keys to healthy aging. Learn about programs available through engAGED partners.
Based on your interests, you will find there are many opportunities through a wide variety of organizations to volunteer in your community.
Join with the engAGED partnership of diverse organizations help us to increase the incidence and opportunities for older adults to stay engaged within their communities.