This inspiration comes from the "Village" movement, which originated as a grassroots effort in Boston’s Beacon Hill in 2001 when a group of neighbors came together to develop services that would enable older adults to remain in their home and community.
Taken from WISE & Healthy Aging’s WISE Connections:
[AARP reports that 90% of older adults want to remain in their home as they grow older. With the geographic dispersal of families and with older adults wishing to keep from burdening their families, growing older at home has become more of a challenge. "People end up moving because they can't change the light bulbs or (they) get isolated when they get home from the hospital and can't coordinate everything," Judy Willett, director of Beacon Hill Village commented. "Villages" present a solution by connecting members with the services and resources they need to live a comfortable, safe and healthy life at home.
Many "villages" are a neighbor-helping-neighbor system in that they rely on volunteers to provide services at no additional cost to the members. When volunteers are not able to provide services, "villages" refer members to vetted and often discounted vendors.
The "village" allows people to live how they want to live – in the comfort of their own home surrounded by their neighbors, friends and community.]
Some membership driven communities:
- Beacon Hill Village (Boston, MA)
- WISE & Healthy Aging’s WISE Connections (Santa Monica, CA)
- Mill City Commons (Minneapolis, MN)
- Village to Village Network