Yesterday’s NY Times had an article that might scare you.
Are you in this category? You are if you have no living parents, siblings, spouse, or children. It’s to be hoped that we all have friends or work pals for social connections. But they might not be the people you’d be comfortable calling on for help. So when it comes down to it, who will you be able to rely on for that ride to and from your health care provider, for example?
This is exactly what a Village is for! Once we have a Village going in Charlottesville, there will be someone. A volunteer you may already know, who can help you make a list of questions, drive you there, wait with you, take notes on the provider’s advice, help you make sure your questions are answered, and drive you home with a stop at the pharmacy if needed, and maybe even stay to have a cup of tea with you.
You can help make this a reality for yourself, for a kinless senior you know, for kinless seniors in our town, with a donation of money and/or your time on our Planning Committee.
There is lots to report. We have been absent for a few weeks – ok, several weeks – but we have the excuse that we were away from home. Your Editor is committing to a new post weekly on Tuesdays except if said Editor is ill or otherwise nonfunctional. Because there is SO much going on!
The Planning or Steering Committee met in August and October and has some new members! Joining yours truly (Pres), Laura Wallace (VP), and Jodie Stevens (Sec/Treas), are Ron Brownfield, JJ Towler, Shannon Campanelli, and Jan Dix. Shout-out too to Debbie Parmelee who doesn’t attend meetings but serves as corresponding secretary. We are actively looking for additional committee members to share the work of bringing this idea to fruition. It’s starting to get exciting! The next Planning Committee meeting is Tuesday, November 29th at 2 pm. If interested please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the location, which is depending on weather.
Laura and Maryann, aka Editor, have met with JABA and CNE, and our city councilor Juandiego Wade, to introduce them to our plans. We plan to meet with The Center soon to update them on developments since we last met with them in 2019. We have 3 more meetings in November: 2 with current/former Village directors/founders from other Villages and one with Brian Ullman, the fundraising guru of CNE. This work is going to take some money, and we need direction for finding it.
Look for an email around the middle of the month. And don’t forget to VOTE!
The following article from the Huffington Post talks about the overwhelming desire of folks over 60 to “Age-In-Place” and what changes are needed to make this desire a reality. I don’t feel that we can wait for someone else to make this happen for us. I believe we need to do it ourselves by starting right now to build the Village we want to be there for us when we need a little help.
I think CvilleVillage can work, but we aren’t there yet. There is a lot of interest, but we haven’t yet reached the critical mass or tipping point in terms of energy, commitment and involvement to make it happen. Please read this article and see if it speaks to you. And if the Village idea makes sense to you, please add your comments, and plan to come to the next meeting at 4:00 p.m. on January 23, at the Mary Williams Center.
From The Huffington Post 12/12/2014 By Susan Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. and Emma Lape
The baby boom generation is revolutionizing American culture, leaving its mark on every product, service, and institution it touches in the 21st century. As baby boomers grow older, society is transforming as a result with services related to aging including health care, retirement planning, housing, and community life. Consider this: 8,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day.  In 2013, adults over 65 constituted 14 percent of the population in the United States and will account for an estimated 20 percent by 2050.  There are already 55,000 Americans over age 100, and by 2050 the number of centenarians will reach 600,000 — roughly the population of the entire state of Vermont!  What’s more, the baby boom generation is more racially and ethnically diverse than any previous generation. By 2050, 20 percent of seniors will be Hispanic, 12 percent black, and 9 percent Asian. Women are a majority of seniors, accounting for 57 percent of the U.S. population today and a projected 55 percent of Americans over age 65 by 2050. 
Currently, one of the greatest unmet needs of seniors is the ability to age in place. Today, 93 percent of Americans over 65 live independently in the community, while only 3 percent reside in assisted living facilities and 4 percent in nursing homes. Moreover, studies show that the vast majority of older adults want to age in place. Aging in place can be understood as:
“The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” 
The concept is a simple one: Increasingly, older adults want to stay in their own homes, neighborhoods, and towns even if this necessitates specialized services to maintain their independence. Read the rest of this entry
Friday November 28’s New York Times featured an article on Villages in their Money section. A youthful septuagenerian who was beginning to worry about the isolation he envisioned were he to stay in his home as he aged, and who didn’t want to have to rely on his daughters, presents a very realistic assessment of the value proposition a village can offer. He viewed it as a kind of “life insurance”, where you purchase it before you need it, and where you can tap into it as you need it. He has found new friends, has access to volunteers to assist him when and as he needs it, and has new social outlets he’d not previously envisioned.
I am a youthful sextuagenerian. I still work full time, get at least thirty minutes of cardio exercise each day, and I still drive at night, but I am beginning to think about retirement. I’ve begun to see friends move away to live in closer proximity to their children, to scan the obituaries where I do find that some of my peers have passed away, to use the nieghborhood teenagers to complete some of the more physicaly taxing homeowner tasks like mowing the grass and raking the leaves. I want a Village in place when I reach retirement in a few years, so I can ease into this Brave New World with enthusiasm and reap joy. My gym membership costs me about eighty dollars a month, far less than the cost of physical therapy co-pays which I’d very likely have to pay otherwise. I’d be delighted to spend a similar amount to be assured of the support I’ll one day need to stay in my home when I can no longer drive at night, or climb stepladders in order to change light bulbs inside and out.
A long-time friend came over for brunch over the weekend (she no longer drives at night), and she invited herself to come along to our Christmas celebration planned for New York. I was delighted– another person to engage in Scrabble games, to make a fourth for bridge, perhaps. I want my Village to facilitate those activities and others in my home and in the homes of others. I want my Village to help a small group of friends go out for dinner, or to a football game, or to host a movie night.
Click HERE to go read the article. What’s a Village worth to you?
Mount Vernon At Home, a village in the Washington DC area has produced a new video about their village. Click HERE to view their video.
Note: If you click on the IN THE NEWS tab (above and to the right) you will find links to several additional videos and articles about other villages.
by Renee Dryfoos
It should be no surprise that thousands of people are turning 65 each and every day in our country. And, it seems rather generally known that options for living a quality life throughout the life-span while remaining in one’s own home, are limited.
For those of us wishing to remain in our own homes, a relatively new and exciting model has emerged. Beginning in Boston with Beacon Hill, the “Village” movement has begun, and now boasts approximately 100 villages nationwide. These are “virtual” villages, i.e. they are networks of households in geographic proximity to one another, sharing services of a common organization, their “Village.”