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By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The AARP Bulletin reports that in the US, 10,000 people are turning 65 each day and that we are approaching a time when the number of people over 65 will outnumber those under 15.

More than 90% want to stay where they live.

Many people in that age group are retired and research has shown that volunteering even an hour a week is gratifying and helps change one’s perspective. With Philadelphia having the highest poverty of the ten largest cities in the nation, volunteers are needed and can make a difference in people’s lives, the volunteer and the receiver….even one hour a week.

In Philadelphia, the Mayor’s Office of Engagement and Volunteer Service will assist in finding opportunities; being a senior companion, helping a student reach graduation goals, leading an after school club, or joining RSVP/Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

Or, if you have an idea, call 215-686-0317.

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