Age in Place Village – Washington Post Article
Through a growing number of senior villages in the D.C. area, aging in place becomes easier
Nationally, the number of villages registered with the network has increased from 50 in 2010 to 124 this year, with more in development. The first, in Boston, opened in 2002.
Senior villages are typically organized in neighborhoods to offer older residents a variety of volunteer services — including grocery delivery, lawn mowing and transportation — and to connect members with providers of paid services. Membership fees in the Washington area usually are several hundred dollars a year.
The village movement started mostly in urban areas but has increasingly spread to the suburbs and recently to rural places, said Natalie Galucia, Village to Village Network’s member-services coordinator. As the movement matures, villages have added more complex services, such as social work, discounts with local merchants, trips, cultural activities and, at one District village, a program in which volunteers accompany members to doctor’s appointments to take notes.