Active Citizenship in Later Life: Older Volunteers in a Deprived Community in England

Hardill, Irene and Baines, Susan (2009) Active Citizenship in Later Life: Older Volunteers in a Deprived Community in England. The Professional Geographer, 61 (1). pp. 36-45. ISSN 0033-0124

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00330120802577640

Abstract

Older people are typically characterized as recipients of care who make ever increasing demands on overstretched and underfunded social care services. This article is about older people as givers of care to nonhousehold members. It draws on an in-depth study of volunteering in an English community beset by concentrated poverty and worklessness. Older adults, especially women, make up a significant component of those who give time through volunteering for organizations that provide social welfare services for people in need in that community. Although older adults had diverse ways of thinking about volunteering, they often undertook the effort as an expression of care and support to others.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: A las personas de mayor edad se las caracteriza típicamente como beneficiarios de cuidados que están colocando crecientes demandas sobre los servicios de asistencia social, sobrecargados y mal financiados. Este artículo versa sobre la gente mayor en el papel de prestadores de asistencia a los desposeidos. Se basa en un estudio a profundidad sobre voluntariado en una comunidad inglesa acosada por la concentración de pobreza y desempleo. Los adultos mayores, especialmente las mujeres, constituyen un componente significativo de quienes entregan tiempo a través del voluntariado en organizaciones que proveen servicios de bienestar social para los necesitados de esa comunidad. Aunque los adultos mayores conciben el voluntariado de diversas maneras, a menudo asumen el esfuerzo como una expresión del cuidado y ayuda que se prestan a otros.
Uncontrolled Keywords: older adults, unpaid work, volunteering
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2012 18:58
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:25
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4716

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