Canadian Seniors Volunteer More Than Any Other Age Group

New research shows Canadian seniors volunteer more time and money than any other age group

Canadian seniors are leaders when it comes to giving both time and money to the causes that matter most to them according to The Revera Report on Aging: Living a Life of Purpose, the 8th report on aging and ageism released today by Revera. Revera’s report celebrates the contributions seniors continue to make in Canadian society and demonstrates that Canadians over the age of 65 volunteer more hours and donate more money to the causes that are important to them than any other age group. Survey highlights include:

  • Canadians over the age of 65 contributed 42% of all donations, equaling more than $4 billion, with an average donation of $2,500 according to Statistics Canada. This exceeds the national average by 40%.
  • Nine in ten Canadian seniors say they do something to support the charities or causes that are important to them. In fact, 82% say they donate money and more than one third (37%) volunteer their time.
  • Volunteers over the age of 65 contribute on average 214 volunteer hours annually, well above the national average of 154 hours per volunteer and they are more likely to be considered a “top volunteer.” Top volunteers are those who are in the top 25% in terms of hours volunteered.
  • Eighty-nine percent of Canadian seniors believe they can play a significant role in working towards solutions to the issues affecting the world and a further 87% agree they are hopeful future generations will make the world a better place.

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How to Create a Safer Home

The Philips Medical Alert Service has provided a room by room guide to eliminate most common causes of falls and help seniors live independently and confidently.

Throughout this guide you will see a set of pictures of household rooms. The first picture depicts some common conditions that lead to falls. The second picture illustrates how these conditions can be improved to minimize the fall risk.

Please note: these are guidelines only and your health care professional should be consulted before installing any adaptive equipment.

Click here to view the guide.


Hard Conversations Made Easier; How To Speak With Aging Parents

[Grace’s interview with Vanessa Woznow from the United Way of the Lower Mainland.]

Conversations about housing, finances and health care can be hard. These subjects can be even more difficult to broach with an aging parent. Many of us struggle, asking ourselves: When is the right time to have these conversations? Can I tell my mum that I worry about her falling? How do I talk about my parents’ drivers licenses without overstepping their autonomy? How do I talk to them about their wishes if they die? And can I build their trust, instead of breaking it down?

“No matter who we’re talking with, or what we’re talking about, communication and empathy go hand in hand,” says Grace Hann, Supervisor and Trainer of Volunteers with the Jewish Seniors Alliance and president of SPC/BC.

Click here to read in full Grace’s interview with Vanessa Woznow from the United Way of the Lower Mainland.