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Politics and the Community

Organizations such as the AARP, Grey Panthers, Older Women’s League, Catholic Golden Age, and the National Alliance of Senior Citizens all lobby in Washington, DC for expanded rights and services (from government and business) for senior citizens.

American senior citizens are also highly active in all kinds of volunteer and charity work. Probably two thirds of all such work is done by mature adults. They are the backbone of the American charity system. Older people are ideally suited to helping out youth: as tutors, sports coaches and youth group leaders. They are active in community service clubs such as Elks, Lions, Kiwanis and Rotary. The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), for example, specializes in giving free business advice to small businesses. Seniors have the time, the experience and the desire to become or remain active in the lives of their communities.

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