The Village Movement
The Village movement was founded by a group of residents of the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston in 2001. Today, there are at least 89 villages in 36 states, with about 125 more in development. The principles of the Village Movement are simple: Instead of leaving their homes for senior housing or assisted living, a group of residents in a given community, typically age 50 and older, form a non-profit membership organization to provide access to services that support their goal of remaining at home as long as possible.
Studies show that Sonoma County has the 3rd largest number, per capita, of people over 85 in the nation. Over 35% of women 65 years and older in Sonoma County live alone, and 93% of all people want to age in their own communities. 707 Villages is bringing the 'Village' idea to Sonoma County as a grassroots, membership-based, nonprofit organization. To learn more about this new approach to aging in America (and the world), see the videos and articles below.
The Big Idea
Watch this short, 4 minute video to learn why Village communities
are becoming so necessary.
Video: It Takes Villages: Judy Willett at TEDxBoston
Article: Paying it Forward: Seniors Help Older Seniors
Older New Hampshirites volunteer to help even older neighbors,
hoping someone younger will care for them too.
Video: It Takes a Village: Seniors Thrive While Living at Home
Article: Why It Can Take a Village to Care for a Retiree
With retirement villages, older Americans can age in place with the benefit of community and a helping hand.
Video: Seniors put a new spin on assisted living
Meet a 96-year-old Georgetown resident able to remain in her own home, thanks to her "Village."
Article: 'Villages' Offer Vital Alternative for Seniors Who Want to Stay in Their Homes
Amidst the growing dilemma over senior living options, a new movement could provide an answer.
Article: Retirees Turn to Virtual Villages for Mutual Support