Years ago, the word "retirement" might have evoked images of white-haired couples sitting in rocking chairs on their front porches. But with both men and women living longer and enjoying better health into their later years, retirement has become an extremely active phase of life in which many seniors finally have time to devote to causes and interests that have previously taken a backseat to careers or family obligations [sources: Toscano, Prisuta].
The first wave of the "boomer" generation turns 65 in 2011, brimming with enough energy, life experience and professional knowledge to benefit volunteer organizations of every kind [source: Grinberg]. And with so many charities and nonprofits in need of help, there's no shortage of volunteer opportunities available for those willing to donate their time and efforts during retirement.
We've selected this list of the 10 best volunteer activities for retirees based on the need for volunteers in these areas, the feasibility of volunteering, and the willingness of affiliated organizations to accommodate and reach out to retired volunteers. Do any of these volunteer activities seem like fulfilling ways to spend your retirement years? Read on to find out!