Senior Villages Help Boomers Age in Place

Informal “villages” where neighbors help neighbors as they age is a growing trend among the oldest of the 79 million baby boomers.

More than 50 villages, run largely by volunteers and funded by grants and membership fees, provide services like transportation, dog walking, and simple home maintenance.

Village members pay a fee that ranges from $25 to $600 or more a year. Some villages have paid staff; volunteers run others. Most are located in upscale neighborhoods.

“Villages are one way people can lead the life they want to live,” says Mimi Castaldi, AARP vice president for volunteer engagement. “They’ve caught the imagination of people.”

Source: USA Today, Haya El Nasser (07/26/2010)