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Volunteering among Older Lesbian and Gay Adults: Associations with Mental, Physical and Social Well-Being

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posted on 01.01.2021, 00:00 authored by A Lyons, Beatrice AlbaBeatrice Alba, A Waling, V Minichiello, M Hughes, K I Fredriksen-Goldsen, S Edmonds, M Blanchard, C Irlam
Objectives: Volunteering is associated with positive well-being among older people, providing opportunities to stay active and socially connected. This may be especially relevant for older lesbian and gay people, who are less likely than heterosexual people to have a partner, children or support from their family of origin. Methods: Patterns of volunteering and mental, physical and social well-being were examined in a sample of 754 lesbian and gay adults in Australia aged 60 years and older who completed a nationwide survey. Results: Volunteers reported greater positive mental health than non-volunteers. Among the gay men, volunteers additionally reported higher self-rated health and social support and lower psychological distress. Both the lesbian women and gay men who volunteered for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) organisations also reported greater LGBTI community connectedness than volunteers for non-LGBTI organisations. Discussion: These findings provide further insight into potential factors associated with the well-being of older lesbian and gay adults.

History

Journal

Journal of Aging and Health

Volume

33

Issue

1-2

Article number

ARTN 0898264320952910

Pagination

3 - 13

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Location

London, England

ISSN

0898-2643

eISSN

1552-6887

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal