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|
|Title of host publication||L’allungamento della vita: una risorsa per la famiglia, un’opportunità per la società|
|Editors||Eugenia Scabini, Giovanna Rossi|
|Number of pages||30|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
- Elderly Volunteers, Volunteering, Third Sector Organizations, Associative Relations, Social Identity.
- anziani attivi, volontariato, partecipazione sociale