DOBROVOĽNÍCTVO V SEKTORE DLHODOBEJ STAROSTLIVOSTI A AKTÍVNE STARNUTIE
Volunteering in a long-term care sector and active ageing
The author presents volunteering as a means of active ageing and as an original (not only residual) sector of society. She describes two complementary aspects of volunteering in an active ageing context: (1) volunteering of older people, and (2) volunteering for older people. Within both aspects, the positions of older people as the subjects and objects of voluntary work can change. The author defines the interconnectivity of both aspects as an “object-subject volunteering chain“ based on a life course perspective, particularly referring to volunteering in the long-term care sector. Based on a secondary analysis of available research findings and sources, she summarises some distinctive characteristics of older people operating in the voluntary long-term care sector. A discussion of findings follows, and finally, some recommendations for how to establish age-friendly public support for volunteering are given.
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