The village Movement Empowers Older Adults to Stay Connected to Home and Community

Poor, Susan; Baldwin, Candace; Willet, Judy
April 2012
Generations;Spring2012, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p112
Academic Journal
Villages are grassroots, community-based membership organizations that empower older adults to remain in their own homes and communities as they age. Started by Beacon Hill Village in Boston in 2002, sixty-six Villages now are in operation nationwide, with approximately 13,000 members, and at least 110 more Villages are in development. This article describes the Village model and why it is needed; the services and supports that Villages provide; where Villages fit in the spectrum of home- and community- based services; how the Village movement is connecting with publicly funded programs and services; and the role of the national Village to Village Network.


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