Retirees' volunteer efforts serve scores of people in need, including other seniors. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Aging (AOA) funds lower-cost, non-medical "aging services" through its Senior Corps program, which includes transportation, meal delivery and in-home assistance with eating, bathing and dressing. Operating through a network of state and local service providers, the goal is to offer direct services that enable retirees to remain in their own homes with the same or improved quality of life.
Much of this work is performed by volunteers, many of whom are retirees. For example, the Nevada Rural Counties RSVP, a volunteer organization for older volunteers, annually engages more than 900 volunteers to provide more than 160,000 hours of volunteer work assisting the state's older population. RSVP volunteers help elderly people in need by distributing food, providing transportation services and offering respite for full-time care providers [source: AOA].