Today I Learned...
s we age, we often become more involved in our communities. Seniors are often found volunteering at the local library or at the animal shelter; they might even be active politically or socially. But if you think that's all that happens when someone reaches retirement age, let me tell you about some of my friends: they're saving the world! Okay, maybe not literally. But these aging adults are engaged in activism in their golden years and doing amazing things for humanity.
Let's explore how you can become an aging activist, saving the world as we know it.
Can seniors save the world through social activism in their life after retirement?
The world is changing. We are living longer, healthier lives, and our children are living longer, healthier lives as well. As a result of these two factors, we are seeing more people in their 60s, 70s, and 80s who still have the desire and energy to engage in community activities.
The good news is that there has been an increase in social activism among seniors around the world. Seniors want to make a difference now because they understand that time is precious and limited. They also realize that if we do not make changes now regarding global warming and pollution then there may be no future for younger generations to enjoy life on earth as we know it today.
Retirees are saving the planet in their golden years.
As people age, they can become more socially engaged with issues that matter to them.
Activists in retirement? Sounds like an oxymoron, but it's true: Retirees are saving the planet in their golden years. They do so by educating themselves and others on environmental issues, volunteering to help non-profits, and even running for public office.
For example, retired attorney Mary Lou LeCompte will tell you that volunteerism can be more than just good deeds—it can also lead to a satisfying career path. LeCompte joined the Connecticut River Association (CRA) nearly 30 years ago after retiring from her law practice in Boston; today she serves as president of its board of directors. "I've always been passionate about restoring our river," she says. "What I like best about working with CRA is helping others realize how important it is for them."
Seniors can be active and engaged socially through activism during their retirement.
Seniors can be activists in their retirement. You are never too old to be a social activist, as long as you have the interest and passion for it—and there is no age limit on activism!
Here are some ways that seniors can make a difference in this world:
1) Donate your time—you've got plenty of it! You don't need to go out and get involved in protests or marches; instead, volunteer for organizations that need help with things like writing letters or attending meetings. You'll be able to support causes you believe in without having to worry about getting arrested or hurt.
2) Get involved online—we know you love Facebook and Instagram! Use these platforms to connect with other people who share your interests and concerns, then use those connections as a way of spreading awareness about issues that matter most to you (and them).
We all know that the world is going through a lot of changes, and we want to do our part to help make it a better place.
So what can you do? How can you make a difference?