I’ve read so much about senior villages popping up around the country. It seemed like a pretty neat idea to me.
I was introduced to a “village” years ago, but it was a block of small homes that was purchased by a group and converted to assisted living homes, each with a specific strength. The fences separating the back yards were removed, leaving one large common area with walking paths, benches, etc… and a fence was put around the perimeter of the property, securing it. It thought it was interesting, something new.
But this newer “definition” was but a bit foreign to me. So I was so excited to be introduced to a new Village in my territory! And not only that, they have a great brochure explaining the “virtual” village, membership, volunteer opportunities and more. Yea! – Let me know if you’d like the link to their site.
I thought the main goal of these villages was to band together as a purchasing group for discounts and an approved list of vendors. But I’m seeing more of a community, baby boomers volunteering to help their neighbors in hopes of the same good will in the future, & socialization opportunities of many types, coffee, happy hour, fitness classes, and more. These villages offer seniors with busy family, or no family or friends in the area the opportunity to age in place safely and happily, with a group & resources to rely on.
I sincerely hope these villages succeed, for the seniors who choose to remain in their homes and for those volunteering their time & efforts. If they don’t, are refunds offered? I look forward to seeing how the concept continues to develop.