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Blaine House Conference on Aging

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This report looks at civic engagement as volunteerism and community activism. It looks to analyze whether or not seniors will seek to become civically engaged, as well as the best methods for attracting, engaging, and retaining these individuals. By 2020, approximately one in six Americans will be 65 years of age or older. Maine’s population is now the oldest in the nation. These statistics are causing many nonprofit organizations across Maine and the nation to rethink how they can attract and retain volunteers, which are crucial assets to the agencies. Some suggest that we can expect a rise in volunteers once the baby-boomers reach retirement. Surveys have concluded that older adults want to be engaged through feeling that they are a part of the organization’s team, being recognized for their accomplishments, being provided opportunities for increased training, and able to fully share their skills and knowledge, among others. This report addresses and analyzes barriers to accomplishing this, as well as recommendations and options to combat such barriers.


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