GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn — Experts say the more aging adults stay connected to loved ones, friends and the community the better. AARP Minnesota can help. AARP Foundation Experience Corps, a volunteer-based tutoring program that connects older adults to their communities by engaging them in the inter-generational work of helping young students become better readers, is looking for more volunteers.

“98 percent of volunteers reported that participating in Experience Corps helped them stay physically and mentally active," says volunteer director Erin Simon. "96 percent of volunteers reported that the program increased their sense of purpose in life.”

Experience Corps helps older adult volunteers maintain a sense of purpose by putting their wisdom to work, at the same time addressing a major contributor to poverty: the inability of children to read at grade level by the end of third grade. Simon says the program is a ‘triple win’ that benefits students, schools, and volunteers alike. For more information, check out AARP's website.