Happy volunteer family separating donations stuffs on a sunny day

The Australian Seniors Insurance Agency's recent The Modern Australian Communities report is the ninth instalment of The Australian Seniors Series, examining the contributions of senior community members and the knock-on effects we may experience when they are no longer able to volunteer as much of their time.

While today’s Australian seniors are giving back to their local communities, they are already volunteering less time than their parents’ generation and are concerned that the modern pace of life might mean a further decline in contributed time from future generations. So, what does this mean for the future of our communities?

According to the report, the majority of seniors feel connected and needed in their community (65.1%). In fact, most over-50s feel very strongly that local communities are the fabric of society (90.3%) and agree that this motivates them to volunteer or give back in some way (46.1%).

Younger seniors were the most likely to say they sometimes feel lonely, while older seniors were less likely to feel so (46.1% and 35.5%, respectively). Perhaps this could be linked to the fact that younger seniors are less likely to volunteer and therefore lose the sense of ‘togetherness’ that can arise from giving back to the community.

20.6% of seniors who have experienced or witnessed crime or violence in their community would say that the experience has discouraged them from volunteering or giving back in some way. However, these experiences can also spark a positive response, with a similar percentage (18.3%) saying the experience actually prompted them to give back.

Read more report findings and view the infographic

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