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Transitions in Aging

Community Participation

Civic Engagement

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Notes and References

Civic engagement basically means being involved in something that helps make the world a better place.

Civic engagement can be volunteering at a food drive or a local shelter. Voting or advocating for our rights are also forms of civic engagement activities. There are many ways for us to participate in civic engagement activities. This can include making efforts to address a specific issue or concern, working with others in our community to solve a problem, or interacting with government representatives.1

Participating in civic engagement can let others hear our voice and can improve our emotional, intellectual, and occupational well-being. As we get older we can benefit from using our time to help the larger cause and in aiming to make the world a better place.1 Advocating for our rights and beliefs can help give our lives meaning and allow us to feel as though we have a purpose in our communities.


  1. American Psychology Association. (2015). Civic Engagement. Retrieved from