More Boomers Choosing to Volunteer Abroad

More Boomers Choosing to Volunteer Abroad

Hundreds of thousands of boomers are deciding to volunteer abroad. An increase of more than 60 percent in less than a decade, a recent study found. While Covid-19 issues will skew the statistics this year, the trend seems likely to stay.

Adults aged 55 and older are increasingly interested in performing volunteer work in other countries, and host communities are clamouring to recruit them. This is especially true if the boomers have professional and specialised skills that may not be readily available in local labour markets. This is according to researchers Benjamin J. Lough and Xiaoling Xiang, who authored the study.

Rising Boomer Volunteer Population

Of the millions of people who volunteer overseas annually, the greatest percentage are teens and young adults ages 15-24. However, participation by older adults has risen steadily in recent years, driven in part by the growth in the over-55 population.

Accordingly, charity organisations that traditionally catered to younger people have ramped up efforts to recruit greater numbers of late-life volunteers.

“Growing numbers of adults age 65-plus are going abroad to volunteer, partly because boomers have more free time with retirement and are interested in active engagement,” said Lough, a professor of social work. “They spent their lives working and raising children, and now that they’re retired, they want leisure, but they also want to give back while satisfying their thirst for adventure.”

Preference for Experience

Host countries consistently express a preference for older workers who have greater experience and skills to offer, Lough said. Nearly half of the older adults in the study who volunteered abroad had master’s, doctoral or professional degrees. “As volunteers age, they have more professional skills to contribute, and that’s what hosting organisations want. Hosting organisations and communities are less interested in hosting young people who have fewer skills. They want competent people who can contribute something really useful, who have lifelong experience doing things. There is a consistent demand for volunteers who have meaningful skills and can stay for longer periods of time.”

The average duration of older volunteers’ stay abroad was about 13 weeks. This is the same amount of time as the youngest volunteers, who were ages 15-24.

International service organisations could better meet communities’ needs for skilled workers by addressing some of the barriers that prevent older people from volunteering abroad. These barriers are things like concerns about access to health care services and financial constraints, the researchers said.

Older adults with higher incomes were more likely to serve abroad, the researchers found. Nearly a quarter of older international volunteers in the study reported annual household incomes of $150,000 or more.

Offering stipends or help with travel expenses could boost participation of older adults with lower incomes, the researchers suggested.

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Cosmetic Surgery Demand Spike in Boomers

Cosmetic Surgery Demand Spike in Boomers

New statistics reveal that there has been an increase in cosmetic surgery among those 55 and older to enhance their look from head to toe. The rise of dating websites and apps have changed the dating scene. This is leading singles to make judgments on potential dates as fast as they can swipe their screen. With millions of Boomers actively using at least one of these dating services, they want to look their best. They want to feel confident in the modern dating world. This phenomenon is happening all over the world.

Subtle Changes from Cosmetic Surgery

“I’ve definitely noticed more baby boomers making appointments to explore which cosmetic surgeries can help them look as young as they feel,” said Anne Taylor, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon. “They’re not necessarily looking to turn back the clock to their twenties, but just to make some subtle changes to put their best face forward. For example, a lot of my patients have expressed concerns about their neck or double chin, especially when it comes to looking downward to take a photo or video chat on their phones.”

Dr. Taylor says boomers are interested in a wide range of procedures, both surgical and minimally invasive. The statistics show that surgeries such as liposuction (up 4%), hair transplantation (up 18%) and breast augmentation (up 4%) were popular among older patients. Smaller tweaks to freshen their look, such as Botox (up 3%) and fillers (up 3%) also increased significantly among those 55 and older.

There's a multitude of different cosmetic surgeries you can do to feel like yourself again!
There’s a multitude of different cosmetic surgeries you can do to feel like yourself again!

Regain Your Confidence

55-year-old Jody Pinkerton says she chose to have a tummy tuck and breast augmentation to help her feel more like herself. After her divorce, her new look also gave her the confidence to create an online dating profile and begin meeting new people. “Online dating can be scary, and you really need to be able to put yourself out there. People are initially judging you on a few photos, and I wanted to make sure I could have current photos that really represented who I am and made a good first impression.”

Having the courage to explore the modern dating scene eventually led Pinkerton to her husband, who she met online. “I have found my soulmate, and I don’t know if our paths would have ever crossed had I not been on that site,” she said.

Says Dr. Taylor, “My boomer patients are confident and accomplished men and women, and they just want to look in the mirror and see the person they feel they are inside. Finding the right cosmetic procedures can give them that extra boost of confidence when venturing into a new chapter of their lives.”  

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Live your best life and feel like yourself again!

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