Older adults are increasingly addressing issues facing their communities and larger society. This exploratory study examined the motivations and barriers to civic participation in a group of elders. Participants were divided into two groups-activists who considered themselves involved in social action, and non-activists who did not. Activists were more educated (p = 0.001), had higher incomes (p = 0.04), and were more likely to be female (p = 0.04) than non-activists. Regression analyses revealed that higher education was a significant predictor of perceived social activism (p = 0.01). By understanding the benefits of and challenges to civic participation, activities can be developed in ways that encourage and recognize involvement.
- Civic participation
- Older adults