The ‘Right’ Amount of Volunteering for Older Adults

When Sara Skinner, 79, of Flagstaff, Arizona, offered herself up as a volunteer with the Senior Corps program for retirees two years ago, she described her qualifications in the present tense. “I am a teacher,” she said. “I would like to volunteer in the schools.”

Message received. Since then, Skinner, a firm believer in public education, has worked in a fifth-grade class in a nearby elementary school and the local literacy center to tutor adults learning English, along with filling various other volunteer needs that pop up.

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