Seniors volunteering to help other seniors

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Associated Press

Posted on December 26, 2012 at 11:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As people live longer, increasingly seniors are volunteering to help other seniors.

Richard Stevens, who is 89, volunteers with Highlands Community Ministries deliver meals to other senior citizens, some younger than he is.

The retired Army colonel and former University of Louisville assistant dean told The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/W1CA7U) delivering the meals is a way to stay active and do something purposeful.

The need for volunteers is expected to grow. The 65-and-older population is projected to double nationally by 2030.

In Louisville, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program has a pool of more than 700 volunteers helping out at about 80 sites.

Senior Companion in Louisville is another local, senior-helping-senior program. It recruits low-income senior companions to help frail seniors and some disabled younger people.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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