Villages Clark County
“A plan, not a place, to live in your home for as long as you can.”
What is Villages Clark County?
A village is a group of like-minded volunteers, boomers and seniors, in a geographic area who come together to figure out and develop the resources they will need to age comfortably in their own homes.
The purpose of villages is to enable people to age in place as well as they can for as long as they can for as little as they can. Villages are started and run by volunteers and members. The members decide what the village will be and do.
Villages do this by providing the services and support people need to be able to age in place, but can no longer safely do themselves. Examples include: climbing on ladders to change a light bulb, doing light yard work, driving at night, spring cleaning, simple home repairs, transportation to & assistance with grocery shopping. Rides and social activities are major components of villages.
The first village—Beacon Hill Village in Boston—began a decade ago when 12 older adults joined forces to create a way for them to “age at home” and remain independent as long as possible. There are now over 300 villages nationwide with over 140 more in development.
4 types of services villages offer:
- Social, cultural, education and wellness programs and activities geared to keeping members physically active, socially engaged and mentally stimulated.
- Screened and trained volunteers performing a range of services that support living independently.
- Connection to existing services provided by local area agencies, nonprofits and community service organizations.
- Referral to professional home services that have been vetted and whose services may be discounted for Village members
How do I get involved?
Villages Clark County is in the planning stage and we are looking for volunteers to help plan the village. Go to http://www.meetup.com/Clark-County-Villages-Boomers-Aging-in-Place and sign up with our group (it’s free) to get on the list for upcoming meetings.
If you want more information or want to get on our email list, contact us at:
John Chapman, Co-Chair, email@example.com ,
Helen Elder, volunteer, ph. 360-210-5821.
Learn more about the villages movement. Websites: www.villagesclarkcounty.org, www.VillagesNW.org for information on the Portland villages. Go to www.vtvnetwork.org for Village to Village Network info on the national movement and national organization.