Sunday, February 9, 2014
With about 40 up and running or in development, the Washington, D.C., area is leading the country in the surge of “senior villages.”
Senior villages are typically organized in neighborhoods in an effort to offer older residents volunteer services, such as grocery delivery, lawn mowing, and especially transportation. Membership fees are usually several hundred dollars a year.
This village movement is spreading across the country as today’s older Americans choose to stay in their residence as long as possible. Debra Umberson, professor of sociology at the University of Texas, says, “The attitudes are changing. People don’t want to just get old and sick and isolated, so I think they’re looking for alternatives to that. The boomers want to stay independent — they want to stay more active and vibrant and connected . . . and that’s being reflected in their housing choices.”
See 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.
Special thanks to Lewis Saret for bringing this article to my attention.