[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP140100365]
Researchers Prof Simone Pettigrew; Prof Robert Newton; Prof Jennifer Warburton; Dr Ben Jackson;
Brief description For humanitarian and economic reasons, it is important to promote health-enhancing behaviours among older people to optimise their well-being. Volunteering constitutes one such behaviour. While there is some evidence that older people benefit from volunteering, there is inadequate data for policy development purposes. This project will quantify the physical and mental outcomes of seniors� engagement in volunteering activities to assess the potential to enhance their health while providing much-needed labour inputs to the Australian economy. The results will also suggest ways to encourage older people to engage in volunteering by identifying effective ways to communicate the benefits to this audience.
Funding Amount $360,000
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects