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The Village Movement

The "village" concept began in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood in 2001, when a group of residents who wanted to stay in their homes as they aged formed a nonprofit called Beacon Hill Village to enhance access to the services that often force older Americans to give up their homes. The movement has mushroomed, with "villages" established or emerging in communities throughout the country, over 40 in the DC area alone.

Learn more:

Publications about Villages:
Beth Baker, "The Village: Neighbors Helping Neighbors" in With a Little Help from our Friends: Creating Community as we Grow Older (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2014), pp. 29-39. Beth Baker is a long-time resident of Takoma Park.

Tara Bahrampour, Through a growing number of senior villages in the D.C. area, aging in place becomes easier, The Washington Post, Feb. 6, 2014.
Jane Bennett Clark, The Benefits of Retirement Villages, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, November 2015.   The author is a Takoma Park resident.

Wikipedia contributors, "Elder village,"  Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed February 20, 2015).

Carrie L. Graham, PhD MGS, Andrew E. Scharlach, PhD, Roscoe Nicholson, MA
Catherine O’Brien, PhD,
February 2017 Survey of Village Characteristics, published 2/13/2017. Conducted by the Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services at UC Berkely and the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging.

Related Publications:

Beth Baker,  "Will We Really Be Able to Age in Place?"

How to Start a Village in the District of Columbia - 2.7 MB (pdf)


Senior Villages in the District of Columbia: A New Age-At-Home Initiative DC Office of Aging.

Washington Area Villages Exchange (WAVE) is a consortium of local Villages that meets regularly to share ideas, resources and support.
Village to Village Network (VTV) is a national membership organization for Villages with additional resources, forums and ideas.