The Village Movement: A Model for Building Supportive Communities for Older Adults
Archstone Foundation and The SCAN Foundation co-sponsored a special half-day program during the 2011 Joint Meeting of the ASA and NCOA. The special session, The Village Movement: A Model for Building Supportive Communities for Older Adults, was held on April 26, 2011 in San Francisco with 110 in attendance. Attendees from across the country included representatives from Public Health Departments, Area Agencies on Aging, Village Board Members, and Executive Directors of Villages.
"The Village Movement will grow and provide meaning, viable options for older persons to age in place all over America. If Villages are successful, then we will be pioneers in a movement that will be tailored to meet our needs as we age," said Joseph F. Prevratil, President and CEO of Archstone Foundation.
Villages are a membership-driven, grassroots effort to address the current and unfolding challenges facing older adults. Originally started in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts in 2000, the Village concept arose out of older community members' desire to reside in their own homes while being able to access services that address their needs. The Village model is rapidly expanding across California and the nation.