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For a monthly or annual fee, members gain access to organized events, an Angie's-like list of vetted vendors and volunteers who do everything from driving them to doctor's appointments or the grocery store to hanging artwork and changing lightbulbs. Although some communication takes place over email, advice about resources is typically just a phone call, not an online request form, away.

But when costs in California’s increasingly pricey housing markets become too steep, older adults can find themselves trying to stretch fixed incomes to cover food, medical care and prescriptions as well as housing. In a real way, housing can make residents more healthy as they age — or less so.

California, and the Bay Area in particular, is one of the fastest-growing regions for senior villages - grassroots, neighbor-to-neighbor networks of members and volunteers who help each other out with various services and tasks that help seniors stay in their homes as long as possible.

Judy Willet's TEDx Boston Talk: "It Takes Villages"
Hear how this common sense “neighbors helping neighbors” approach is revolutionizing aging, and how the Village movement could reduce Medicare costs, help elders get the most out of life, and offer concrete ways to stay in our homes and communities as we age.


Archstone Foundation Awards $1,655,409 in Grants
The Archstone Foundation is supporting consumer driven culture change for delivery of services for older adults who desire to age in community. Eleven grants represent an investment in Creating Aging Friendly Communities through the Expansion of Villages.


"It Takes A Village", California Health Report, March 19, 2012
The rapidly-spreading Village Movement is helping older adults age gracefully by offering the best of two colliding worlds: “aging in place” to avoid institutional living while creating tight community bonds to foster better health and social connections.


"Loneliness lethal for seniors, UCSF study says", SF Chronicle, June 18, 2012
In a study of 1,600 seniors, the results of which were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, doctors found that people who reported being lonely were more likely to suffer a decline in health or die over a six-year period than those who were content with their social lives.


Blog Post, KQED's State of Health, June 29, 2012
According to Henry Cisneros, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and co-editor of the book Independent for Life: Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America, “When we listen to older Americans themselves they describe the things they fear about aging in place … it’s things like isolation, being left alone and not being able to negotiate neighborhood streets. Not being able to get to the doctor or grocery store.”

Originating in Boston's Beacon Hill Village in the early 2000s, the village movement now lists around 70 functioning "villages," nationwide, according to the website for Village to Village Network, a national membership association. California boasts 10 such communities, with several more in planning stages.


"Villages: Helping People Age in Place", AARP Magazine
In its own quiet way, the village movement represents a radical rejection of the postwar American ideal of aging, in which retirees discard homes and careers for lives of leisure amid people their own age.


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