Retired Women and Volunteering: The Good, the Bad, and the Unrecognized
In this article, we examine varied attitudes and practices toward volunteering in later life, as shared by a group of 40 retired women. We categorize women based on their engagement in retirement and label the categories according to societal expectations as follows: traditional volunteers as "good," nonvolunteers as "bad," and caregiving volunteers as "unrecognized." Using critical gerontology and a feminist framework, we juxtapose the lived experiences of retired women with a prevailing discourse on successful aging and civic engagement. We advocate for societal recognition of caregiving as a valuable form of volunteering, as well as the need to respect multiple ways in which older women experience and find meaning in later life.
MSU Digital Commons Citation
Nesteruk, Olena and Price, Christine A., "Retired Women and Volunteering: The Good, the Bad, and the Unrecognized" (2011). Department of Family Science and Human Development Scholarship and Creative Works. 141.