Friday, June 24, 2011

Villages: How They Help People Age in Place

This interesting article highlights the importance that retirees give aging at home. It talks about the added benefits of having a support system that allows the elderly to stay at home for longer. Villages are referred to in the article with the traditional definition and sense of community and a new definition: membership organizations for older residents of a community that help each other stay in the homes they love for longer.

The earliest villages, like Beacon Hill, were founded in relatively affluent urban areas, though new villages are now sprouting in suburbs and smaller rural communities, and organizers are adapting Beacon Hill's model to fit economically and ethnically diverse communities. Each is united by a common goal: a determination to age in place.

Click here to read why as people get older, the percentage of people wanting to stay in their current residence increases.

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