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The Village Movement

Happy elderly couple

The “village movement” will be highlighted on Sunday Morning at 7 AM on October 19, 2014 on CBS station KHSL channel 12.

In the United States and elsewhere we have an aging population, with fewer family caregivers and increasingly limited personal financial resources. This situation will strain government and family budgets and create an unsustainable demand for long-term care. National policy makers have failed to reach consensus on how to finance and deliver long-term services and supports.

The village model may be solutions to the crisis. Village to Village Network [VtV] is a national, peer-to-peer network that helps communities establish and continuously improve management of “villages” throughout the country.

“Since the early 2000s, Villages have emerged as among the most nationally prominent models of community aging initiatives. Villages have been defined as self-governing, grassroots, community-based organizations whose goal is to enable people to remain in their homes and communities as they age.”

In California, the village movement has 48 member locations either open or in development. There are none yet in central California north of Sacramento. How about starting one in Redding, CA?

If you are interested, you might start by watching Sunday Morning as senior news correspondent Rita Braver reports on the challenging picture of caring for older adults through interviews with a woman caring for her aging step father; former Senator Tom Daschle who leads the new Bipartisan Policy Center’s Long-Term Care Initiative; and New Yorker Magazine cartoonist and author Roz Chast (“Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant” – a memoir about caring for her aging parents). If you are unable to catch the show live on Sunday, it will be available on the CBS Sunday Morning website or the Village to Village Network.

I have previously blogged about the village movement in the bay area so you might also want to read some of those articles.

Not all elderly will be as happy as the couple in the stock photo pictured above. It will take a village.