AN AGEING population could benefit charities, according to a new report.
The Commission on the Voluntary Sector & Ageing says that, by 2020, voluntary work by people over 65 will be worth more than £15bn a year to UK charities.
Its study, Age of Opportunity, says tens of thousands more baby boomers are reaching retirement age every year, with a skilled and demanding cohort of older people retiring or set to retire.
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However, it says older people are under increasing pressure within their own families and to get involved local causes.
Lynne Berry OBE, chair of the Commission, said: "Our society will change dramatically in the next 20 years. This leaves the voluntary sector at a crossroads but the rewards, if they look ahead and plan now, are substantial.
"Our challenge is to make this ageing society work for all ages."