ERIC Number: ED265285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Needs of Older Employees and Retirees: Task Force Results of the Corporate Volunteerism Council of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Jecklin, Mary Jean; Fetter, Elizabeth A.
The Twin Cities-based Corporate Volunteerism Council (CVC) sponsored the development and administration of a survey and focus groups in May through August, 1985, to determine the needs of older people before and after retirement. Twenty-five members of the CVC answered the survey. They replied that most companies offer preretirement planning and health care, and that their retirees expressed needs for general retirement benefits, food and nutrition. People over age 85 also are concerned about institutional or other home care. The greatest unmet needs experienced by the elderly are emotional. Few employees work as volunteers to meet the needs of the elderly; however, structured retiree programs were seen as one way corporations can help their retirees. Respondents endorsed preretirement planning, and collaborative efforts with other companies, volunteer agencies, social service agencies, and individual employees before and after retirement. They were also in favor of providing leadership through public awareness projects for the elderly. Besides the survey of employers, two focus groups were conducted, one with 10 men and one with 10 women, aged 50-75. The groups focused on volunteerism, retirement planning, and retirement clubs as ways to meet retirees' needs. The older persons expressed both positive and negative attitudes toward volunteerism, but agreed it could help meet socialization and learning needs. They also endorsed retirement planning and the concept of retirement clubs sponsored by employers. The results of these two studies are intended to be used to enhance program planning for the elderly in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Corporate Volunteerism Council of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.; Honeywell, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Minneapolis); Minnesota (Saint Paul)