ERIC Number: ED313595
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Seventy Million Hours: The Voluntary Contributions of Older Minnesotans.
Fischer, Lucy Rose; And Others
The rising health and social services needs of the elderly can be met in part by using the potential productivity of older people. This study examined the extent to which older people serve as a resource and the potentiality for further expanding their productive contributions. The Minnesota Senior Study involved a telephone survey with a representative statewide sample of approximately 1,500 non-institutionalized Minnesotans age 60 and older. Data suggest that Minnesotans age 60 and older do considerably more volunteer work than would be expected, judging from national surveys. It is estimated that Minnesotans contribute about 70 million hours a year in volunteer time. Three-fifths of older Minnesotans reported volunteer work for organizations; two-fifths reported voluntary service to individuals in their communities; and three-fifths reported helping their families. Overall, only 16% did not do any of these types of volunteer work. Even so, it appears that most volunteers do not commit large amounts of time; about one-half of older volunteers spent less than a couple of hours per week in volunteer activities. Income, education, being married, being employed, not having functional problems, being young-old, living in a non-metropolitan area, and being able to drive (or being the spouse of a driver) were all positively associated with the propensity to volunteer. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Educational Attainment, Employment Level, Income, Marital Status, Older Adults, Rural Urban Differences, Time, Volunteers
Wilder Foundation, Wilder Research Center, 1295 Bandana Blvd., N., Suite 210, St. Paul, MN 55108 ($15.00 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wilder Research Center, St. Paul, MN.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota