ERIC Number: ED123367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Releasing the Potential of the Older Volunteer.
Seguin, Mary M., Ed.; O'Brien, Beatrice, Ed.
Aimed at retired persons, employers and potential employers of senior volunteers, and students of gerontology, the book examines the Older Volunteer Project of the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, 1973-75. The 40 Andrus volunteers were between 49 and 78 years old, generally highly educated, with 66% having held professional jobs. The project demonstrated how retired adults can enter an organization that employs mostly paid, non-retired personnel, generate work, and gain acceptance in that work setting. Offering historical flashbacks, and discussing principles, procedures, and participant reactions, chapters include: (1) "Here We Are Now", describing the project's progress, with volunteer comments; (2) the Worker/Volunteer, giving a profile; (3) The Setting, discussing the volunteers' adjustment to the Center and the Center's adjustment to them, with volunteer comments; (4) The Work (Tasks), tracing task development, with volunteer comments; (5) New Roles for Senior Volunteers in Organizations, presenting an adaptable model for older volunteer program organization; and (6) Utilization of Older Volunteers in Organizations: Issues and Potentials, reviewing key issues. Appended material includes: 12 tables and 7 figures presenting data on volunteers and the project; 2 reference lists; and, a subject index. (LH)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Retired Teachers Association, Washington, DC.; American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.; Andrus Memorial Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.
Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center.