Sustaining engagement in volunteer activities for older adults

Tiffany Knearem, Xiying Wang, John M. Carroll

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Sustaining engagement in volunteering opportunities is important for older adults to maintain an active lifestyle. We conducted an observation and interview study with older adults who volunteer in a water monitoring group to investigate the role of sustained volunteering participation on healthy aging. Our findings suggest sustained engagement is influenced by role choice and role change over time. We found that supporting older adults as they age through these two factors allowed them to actively contribute to their health and well-being for many years. We suggest taking participation roles into consideration when designing technologies that promote older adult's health and well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCSCW 2020 Companion - Conference Companion Publication of the 2020 Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380591
StatePublished - Oct 17 2020
Event3rd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Oct 17 2020Oct 21 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW


Conference3rd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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