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Experts establish baseline for civic engagement among retirees
Date:9/3/2008

t was a featured topic at the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and several national organizations now devote significant resources to the study of civic engagement.

The Gerontological Society of America made the subject a programmatic priority in 2004; the National Council on Aging and the American Society on Aging followed suit two years later.

Most recently, the 2006 reauthorization of the Older Americans Act provided new authority to the Administration on Aging to develop and implement programs that facilitate the civic engagement of older citizens.

Several researchers have linked civic engagement with healthy, successful aging and have suggested that persons who continue to work, find a second career, volunteer, or become involved in local affairs maintain better physical and mental health as they grow older.


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Contact: Todd Kluss
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The Gerontological Society of America
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