Municipality and Neighborhood Influences on Volunteering in Later Life

Sarah Dury, Jurgen Willems, De Witte Nico, Lisbeth De Donder, Tine Buffel, Dominique Vertee

Publikation: Wissenschaftliche FachzeitschriftOriginalbeitrag in FachzeitschriftBegutachtung


This article explores the relationships between municipality features and volunteering by older adults. In the literature, strong evidence exists of the influence of place on older people’s health. However, the question how neighborhoods and municipalities promote or hinder volunteer participation remains under-explored. Data for the research are derived from the Belgian Aging Studies. We estimate logistic multilevel models for older individuals’ engagement in volunteering across 141 municipalities in Belgium (N = 67,144). Analysis shows that neighborhood connectedness, neighborhood satisfaction, home ownership, and presence of services predict voluntary engagement at older ages. The findings support that perceptions and quality of social resources that relate to neighborhoods may be important factors to explain volunteering among older adults. Moreover, the findings suggest that volunteering in later life must be considered within a broader framework.
Seiten (von - bis)601 - 626
FachzeitschriftJournal of Applied Gerontology
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2016

Österreichische Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige (ÖFOS)

  • 302020 Gerontologie
  • 509005 Gerontologie
  • 605005 Publikumsforschung


  • Multilevel
  • Municipality
  • aging
  • volunteering