L’azione volontaria degli anziani attivi in Italia: l’emergere di nuovi ruoli sociali

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The voluntary action of the elderly active in Italy: the emergence of new social roles

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Abstract

The paper explores the opportunities that ageing actively offers at the individual and collective levels. The analysis is focused on 146 older adults (aged 65-74) engaged in voluntary activities in third-sector organizations. The analyses show that, in providing aid to others, these active elders establish a strong support network for themselves. Moreover, Italian third-sector organizations were found to be intergenerational in terms of co-existence of young, adult, and elderly volunteers, which contributes to the well-being of all the stakeholders involved. Coming together on a regular basis stimulates the activation of behavioral, material, interpersonal and communicative resources. Volunteering in later life is associated with reinforcement of self-fulfillment and formation of one’s social identity. Furthermore, thick networks of social relations at the micro and meso (ie. community) levels facilitate older people’s inclusion in voluntary work.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The voluntary action of the elderly active in Italy: the emergence of new social roles
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationL’allungamento della vita: una risorsa per la famiglia, un’opportunità per la società
EditorsEugenia Scabini, Giovanna Rossi
Pages125-154
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Elderly Volunteers, Volunteering, Third Sector Organizations, Associative Relations, Social Identity.
  • anziani attivi, volontariato, partecipazione sociale

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