Aging at Home as Part of a Village

Aging at Home as Part of a Village

The Baby Boomer population is aging which means .retirement is on the horizon. Many are giving more thought to where they will be living during retirement years, accessibility to medical care, and social circles. Many seniors preferring to “age at home” rather than a typical nursing facility. There has been a development of a new independent living alternative called “villages”.

What is a village? A village is different than a retirement community. It is a member-driven organization serving residents over 50 to remain actively engaged in community life as they grow older. It is a growing network of neighbors helping neighbors to live a productive and active lifestyle in their homes.

Where are Villages located? They are in most cities and suburbs across the United States. Some localities even have multiple villages.  For instance, there are 18 villages in Washington, DC; 40 in Maryland; and 16 in Virginia.

What is provided through villages? Members support each other through social, cultural, and wellness activities, and neighbor to neighbor services that celebrate the opportunities and challenges of aging at home. Some examples of what is offered through a village are:

  • Activities
    • Exercise Classes and Groups
    • Language, Movie and Book Clubs
    • Organized trips to Sporting Events, Museums or the Theater
  • Programs and Services
    • Monthly Birthday Events
    • Happy Hours
    • Support Groups after Hospitalizations
  • Community Engagement Opportunities
  • Assistance from Volunteers
    • Transportation
    • Prescription Pick Up
    • Technology Support and Workshops
  • and More!

The services and activities provided by villages are typically offered/provided for members only. The member-only events are brought together through volunteers and a small membership fee; which is significantly lower than the cost of a live-in retirement facility.


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