Thriving in Community
“It takes a Village. Go find one.”(1)
Some 92 percent of older Americans want to live out their lives in their current homes and neighborhoods – even if they should need help. And why not? Home is special in many ways: comfort, privacy, familiarity, control.
But now, the idea of going it alone is being questioned. We are intensely social creatures and need connection with one another.
As a result we are witnessing the emergence of a new idea: “thriving in and with community.” The emphasis has shifted away from dwellings and toward relationships, the central idea upon which Villages were created and operate: Villages are inclusive communities that engage people of all ages and abilities to support the well-being of all.
(1) Forbes, January, 2014