ERIC Number: ED373178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Seniors in National and Community Service: A Report Prepared for the Commonwealth Fund's Americans over 55 at Work Program.
National service offers an appealing vehicle for engaging senior citizens to respond to unmet needs in education, health care, public safety, the environment, and other essential areas. Involving seniors in national service will help alleviate the country's pressing domestic problems, enhancing participants' personal development, and bolstering the nation's flagging sense of community. A partial system of national service for seniors that began during the Kennedy administration demonstrated that seniors can provide essential community service, benefit through serving, and play an important role in service. Programs such as the Foster Grandparent Program and Senior Companions Program have also made it clear that senior service is not cheap and that obstacles and questions regarding key issues related to senior service persist. Despite the strides that have been made during the past 30 years regarding involving seniors in national and community service, the gap between promise and practice remains substantial. Achieving a vision of senior service that is substantially, but not exclusively, intergenerational requires action on the following fronts: strengthen the three programs currently providing the vast majority of senior service opportunities, embark on a period of innovation and experimentation, and build infrastructure at the national and local levels. (Contains 118 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Foster Grandparent Program; National Service; Senior Community Service Employment Program; Senior Companions Program