Village to Village Network
Village to Village Network helps communities establish and manage their own aging in place initiatives called Villages.
In 2010, the Village to Village Network – a national organization that collaborates to maximize the growth, impact and sustainability of individual Villages and the Village Movement – was formed. The Network provides expert guidance, resources and support to help communities establish and maintain their Villages. The Village Movement started with Beacon Hill Village in Boston over 15 years ago and today there are over 240 open Villages and more than 100 in development in 41 states and the District of Columbia. Village to Village Network and the Village Movement will not only impact Villages and their members, but the lives of countless families, caregivers and members of the broader community they serve.
MISSION: The Village to Village Network is the essential tool that enables community members to build and sustain thriving Villages. The Network creates interactions that connect Villages with resources, education and expertise.
VISION: Through innovation, collaboration, advocacy and inclusion, the Village to Village Network expands opportunity, choice, support and care for all older people.
VILLAGE TO VILLAGE NETWORK CORE PRINCIPLES:
- Practice consensus and transparency at all levels of the community
- Support the practice and principle of reciprocity and the intentional exchange of ideas, approaches, learnings and shared wisdom
- Create innovative programs that help develop Village leadership
- Provide a forum for member Villages to share knowledge about their issues and successes
INDIVIDUAL VILLAGES WILL:
- Commit to helping their members age in a place of their choosing, closely connected to their communities and with the supports and tools they need to create successful aging of their own design
- Create opportunities for individuals to use their talents to improve Village impact and benefit the overall community
- Provide social activities that minimize isolation and promote interaction and trust within the Village community, between individuals who offer their help and those who ask for help when needed
- Reflect the needs of their members and communities and share many common characteristics
- Provide a strong community that offers members new opportunities to age successfully
- Nonprofit, grassroots initiatives
- Membership-based, member-driven and self-governing
- Designed to be inclusive and to reflect their communities
- Community partners helping to address the challenges of aging
WHY VILLAGES ARE NEEDED:
Villages are well positioned to improve the population health of the communities they serve. Until the year 2029, 10,000 people will turn 65 on a daily basis. In Britain and the United States, roughly one in three people older than 65 live alone, and in the United States, half of those older than 85 live alone. Studies in both countries show the prevalence of loneliness among people older than 60 ranging from 10% to 46%.
“The profound effects of loneliness on health and independence are a critical public health problem,” said Dr. Carla M. Perissinotto, a geriatrician at the University of California, San Francisco. “It is no longer medically or ethically acceptable to ignore older adults who feel lonely and marginalized.” Research shows that 60% of health outcomes are based on behavioral, socio-economic and environmental factors.
Village members experience reduced isolation, increased independence, and enhanced purpose of life. “Villages are instrumental in helping people remain in their homes and independent in their communities.” - Ilene Henshaw, AARP, Department of Government Affairs.