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Can We Wait?

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.

M.K.Gleason

Aging in Place: An Intergenerational Priority

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. [1] 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. [2] 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! [3] 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. [4]

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.” [5]

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

The New York Times writes about Villages

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?

New Video from Mount Vernon at Home

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.

The Village Movement Coming Soon?

From:  The DavisVanguard    May 9. 2014  Davis, California  

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.”

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