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Aspects of Aging

Reports on the Village Movement

New York Times
November 28, 2014
 
An offshoot of the sharing economy, virtual villages are popping up all over the country. Currently, there are 140 villages in 40 states, according to Village to Village Network, which helps establish and manage the villages. Another 120 virtual villages are on the drawing boards.  These villages are low-cost ways to age in place and delay going to costly assisted-living facilities, say experts. Yearly membership dues average about $450 nationally, and most villages offer subsidies for people who cannot afford membership costs. Armies of volunteers, who help run many villages, also help lower member costs by doing yard work, picking up prescriptions or taking members shopping or to the airport.
 
VtV Network
 
Connect here with Villages that are sprouting up in communities across the country.  Because together we have the power and means to design our own futures and keep control of our own lives.
 
Beacon Hill Village
 
Home page of Beacon Hill Village, a member-driven organization for Boston residents 50 and over, which provides programs and services so members can lead vibrant, active and healthy lives, while living in their own homes and neighborhoods. One of the oldest in the Village movement.
 
Washington Post
March 25, 2015 
Perhaps you know about “aging in place” and the community-based “Village” movement organized to provide support for elderly people who want to remain in the old neighborhood rather than relocating to an assisted-living facility. Now there’s a relatively new term: “NORC,” for naturally occurring retirement community. A NORC is a community where aging in place occurs organically. NORC residents are aging in place despite owning a home larger than they need; despite the cost and inconvenience associated with continual home upkeep and maintenance they would just as soon avoid; and despite coping with winter weather year after year.


Albuquerque Journal
September 15, 2016
In a rural community with an aging population, the members of Village in the Village have found a way to curb social isolation while helping Corrales seniors live independently in their homes longer. Board member Chris Wentz said the group makes that happen by hosting social events and helping connect members who may need help with transportation or a household chore with other members who are happy to step in.


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