What is a Village?

Village is a community of members that share their skills, support and expertise with each other to navigate the challenges and opportunities of aging. We believe a better experience of aging is possible when we can grow with and rely on each other. Every day, our members come together to provide support services and create new possibilities for what’s next as we age. When we unite as peers, we create a purposeful and powerful space for learning, laughter and courage as we take on the future, while living in our present homes and communities.

CREATE FRIENDSHIPS
for both play and support during life’s ordinary moments or during crisis.

ENGAGE IN ACTIVITIES
for recreation, education, and celebration based on interest.

HELP EACH OTHER
with tasks like transportation, cooking, gardening, social calls, etc.

CARE COORDINATION
is provided by one-on-one personal home visits where a customized network of support is created. Providing help to navigate health and wellness challenges that can seem overwhelming without the guidance of a trusted advocate.

CONCIERGE
will provide guidance on securing resources for life’s many challenges as well as for bringing joy. These resources are vetted with member input and when possible, discounts are negotiated.

DIRECTOR
provides oversight of the Village. The executive director based locally has the primary goal of building a vibrant Village of members, volunteers, partners, and staff.


“AGING PRESENTS TOUGH CHALLENGES.”

As we grow older, we all navigate life transitions.  These changes can be difficult, especially if we face them alone. We are more likely to stay in charge of our lives as we age when we are part of a supportive community. Villages offer the opportunity to share challenges, wisdom and resources so that we can age on our own terms.


“GROWING OLDER DOESN’T MEAN WE HAVE TO STOP GROWING.”

Our lives offer endless possibility and potential, no matter our age. As we grow older, we might lose sight of this potential—seeing instead only loss or limitation ahead. A better experience of aging means facing the future head on and making plans for what’s next. Villages offer members the resources and connections to explore and make choices for how to live meaningfully now and into their future.  By coming together in a community with this common goal, we can grow not just older, but bolder.


“WHEN WE MAKE A BIG LIFE CHANGE, WE OFTEN FIND OUR PREVIOUS SOCIAL NETWORKS DON’T FIT INTO OUR LIVES IN THE SAME WAYS.”

As we wrap up our careers, welcome grandchildren or make the move to a new community, we sometimes find that the social connections we counted on for engagement, stimulation and creativity are no longer available to us. In the past, multigenerational households could fill many of these needs, but our society is now more mobile.  Villages open the doors to new people and new points of view that are in sync with a new life stage.


“AS WE AGE, WE NEED STRONG SOCIAL CONNECTIONS.”

As we age, we can sometimes feel our lives are shrinking. But we still hunger for new connections and different perspectives. We still crave the social opportunities to laugh, learn, teach and offer support. We need a space where we can reimagine our lives, our values, our purpose and future.  Villages offer that intentional, reciprocal community.


“WE CAN’T WAIT FOR OUR GOVERNMENT TO CREATE A BETTER WAY FOR THE MIDDLE-CLASS TO AGE.”

While many services exist for low-income older adults, little exists to support our teachers, nurses, small business owners and others who don’t qualify for low-income services and can’t afford them on their own. Our community is healthier, stronger and more diverse when we support the middle-class older adults who live here. Villages offer members this support as well as the opportunity to age with self-determination while remaining active and integrated in the place they call home.


“WHEN WE CAN DEPEND ON AND CONTRIBUTE TO A RECIPROCAL COMMUNITY, WE CAN LOOK TO THE FUTURE WITH CONFIDENCE. CARING FOR, AND TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER ADDS VALUE TO ALL OUR LIVES.”

As we age, we will need assistance at some point.  But we will also be able to support others in their times of need, just as we do now. Through villages, older adults build strong relationships and a mutual support network that we can both depend on and contribute to as we age. In this kind of community, we can look to our futures with confidence and reassurance for what comes next.