A few years ago, researchers in Baltimore teamed up with their city’s Experience Corps (EC), a volunteer program that recruits adults who are 55 or older to volunteer in the public schools to tutor and mentor children.
The EC mainly focuses on increasing literacy among children who are in kindergarten through 3rd grade. However, the researchers in this study did not focus on measuring the children’s reading outcomes. They were focused on measuring the older adults’ health outcomes.
The older adults who participated in the study were not told that by volunteering in the schools they could improve their own health through increased physical, cognitive, and social activity. Instead, involvement in the program was marketed to potential participants as a way to make a difference in the next generation. Read more