Communities Support Seniors to Stay at Home

Home—it’s more than a roof and walls. It’s memory, ease, and an extension of self. Home is where your roots find their foundation, your heart a haven, and you can join the neighborhood.

Wouldn’t you want to remain there as long as possible? Communities in Connecticut, D.C., and beyond are helping seniors to stay.

NBC news anchor Brain Williams shared the story of how his in-laws, Pat and Hud Stoddard, have continued living in their home thanks to the “Staying Put” program.
Williams says the program is like “assisted living for living right at home.”

The assistance comes from across the community, from emergency responders to carpenters to local volunteers. People are on call to share resources, deliver medicine, give rides, and check in on their elderly neighbors.

Pat sums up the support by saying, “It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village to take care of two elderly people.”

The Village to Village Network started this pattern of partnership in 2002 with Boston’s Beacon Hill Village, which lit the way for other chapters to grow.

A Washington Post article discusses the senior-centered chapters flourishing around D.C. and across the US. Through these efforts, the elderly enjoy transportation, help with homecare, and a variety of social outlets like “literature clubs, opera clubs, and cancer and caregiver support groups.” The Village to Village Network has swelled to 124 locations and plans to keep expanding.

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You can also read about more dementia-friendly communities and enjoy this podcast discussing one such community in Wisconsin. Learn more about homecare and the need for community collaboration to help those with Alzheimer’s and dementia to thrive. Also check out these tips for caregivers.

Please share your thoughts on these communities. Would you support a program like “Staying Put” and like to see more villages develop?

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