The older adult population age 65 and older is expected to nearly double between 2006 and 2030, increasing from 37 million to 71 million. This age shift will make meeting the needs of the growing adult population a serious issue. The Village is a concept that “aims to support the medical, functional, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of older adults.” This AARP “aging in place” fact sheet explores this movement and discusses the benefits and challenges to it.
The fact sheet offers a snapshot of the concept of Villages as an option to allow adults to age in place; the benefits received by older adults living in Villages; challenges facing The Village movement; and policy implications affecting the implementation of Villages. As noted in the fact sheet, residents create Villages to help coordinate and deliver services and supports in their community.
Other report highlights include:
- Older residents are interested in Villages because it helps them age in place longer and easier, without having to rely only on family and friends.
- Services in Villages can include information referrals, home health care, access to transportation services, assistance with household tasks, access to education, and social activities.
- Volunteers are critical to making The Village concept possible.
- Funding typically comes from annual membership fees.
- Financial sustainability is the largest challenge facing Villages.
How to Use
The report provides a brief overview of the Village concept, which is intended to accommodate the needs of older adults aging in place. Local planners and government officials can use this fact sheet to familiarize themselves with The Village movement and look at communities that have initiated this movement and made it work, such as Community Without Walls in Princeton, N.J., Boston's Beacon Hill Village, and Partners in Care in Anne Arundel County. Understanding the challenges and benefits that existing Villages have experienced provides a learning tool for planners, government officials, and policymakers who have the opportunity to implement local Villages.
View full report: The Village: A Growing Option for Aging in Place – 2010 (PDF – 43 KB)