There were 77 million babies born in the United States during the post-war boom period between 1946 and 1964 [source: Harvard School of Public Health]. In 2011, the oldest of these baby boomers reach the age of 65, when retirement is on the horizon, if not already in full swing. But what will this remarkable and remarkably large generation do with all of its newfound free time? Across America, nonprofits and charitable organizations are hoping to witness a volunteer boom. Over the next 13 years, experts predict that the number of volunteers over age 65 could increase by a staggering 50 percent [source: Corporation for National & Community Service].
Boomers are healthier and more active compared to previous retiring generations. As a whole, they're adventurous, but not quite as civic-minded as their "greatest generation" parents [source: Harvard School of Public Health]. Service organizations have begun to tout the health and psychological benefits of volunteering -- -- to lure boomers away from world travel and part-time work and into community service. In fact, research shows that regular volunteering prolongs your life by an average of 5 years [source: Corporation for National & Community Service].
We've assembled a list of the 10 most in-demand and enjoyable volunteer opportunities for baby boomers, ranked in no particular order. We'll start off with school volunteers.