My post-doctoral fellowship began in November 2010. I am working on the Baycrest Research About Volunteering in Older Adults (BRAVO) study with Dr. Nicole Anderson and the BRAVO team. BRAVO examines the cognitive, physical and psychosocial benefits of volunteering among adults aged 55 and older. It investigates the cognitive, physical and psychosocial demands of the volunteer role and the number of volunteer hours being contributed.
My mixed methods doctoral study focused on the volunteer activities of adults aged 55 to 75 inclusive, and examined lifelong learning and connections to pre-retirement paid work. My key finding was that older adults who are retired and dedicated volunteers have embarked on a new career-related stage.
An Exploration of Learning through Volunteering during Retirement