For older people being a volunteer can become an important role

In this new publication with John Wilson (Duke University) we show that the role of being a volunteer becomes a more important part of self identity in older age; older individuals are more likely to perceive voluteering as meaningful and consider it part of who they are. This is boosted by retirement but also by being unemployed or disabled. Religiosity is also an important determinant of volunteer role identity.
The article is published online (open access) in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.