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Older adults and volunteering: Healthy aging

"Volunteering at the millennium is faced with opportunity and challenges. Volunteering, an activity as old as society itself, has not been a major area of interest among researchers. Research that is available focuses almost entirely on formal volunteering through an organization. Despite the lack of volunteering research on informal volunteers, we know much about this type of interaction through a large body of literature on social support and caregiving." [from the executive summary]

This online document from the Volunteerism in Canada website includes two sections on formal and informal volunteering.