Volunteer Impact on Health-Related Outcomes for Seniors: a Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis
Canadian Geriactrics Journal
March 29, 2021
Description / Summary
Volunteers are increasingly promoted to improve health-related outcomes for community-dwelling elderly without synthesized evidence for effectiveness. This systematic review and meta-analysis evaluates the effects of unpaid volunteer interventions on health-related outcomes for such seniors. The research concludes that volunteers may increase physical activity levels and subjective ratings of physical function for seniors without apparent harm. These findings support the WHO call to action on evidence-based policies to align health systems in support of older adults.