Villages: Age-in-Place Supported Communities
What is a Village?
The Village concept is a growing grassroots movement that aims to provide the support that older adults may require when choosing to age-in-place. The idea is simple: neighbor helping neighbor. Villages help older adults stay in their communities by helping to coordinate and deliver services and support within their communities.
How does it work?
Village organizers, who are typically ages 50 and older, create volunteer programs for seniors in their communities as well as negotiate with service providers to assist older adults in their homes. A broad range of services may be available, including rides to medical appointments, discounts at local theaters, reliable home repair services and home health care. Many Villages also offer social activities and informational seminars for their members.
What is the cost for services?
Some Villages may charge a membership fee, which varies from Village to Village. In some cases, there are no fees and instead the Village establishes volunteer programs. Some utilize volunteer time exchanges called "time banks." The cost for professional services, such as for home repairs, will vary.
Benefits of Organizing a Village:
- Villages help older adults stay in their communities, delaying or preventing the need for institutional care.
- Members of a Village have influence over the types of services that are provided to older adults in their community.
- Villages encourage volunteerism.
To learn more about organizing a Village in your neighborhood, 240-777-1231
Current Montgomery County Villages
For more information about current Villages in the Montgomery County community, call, email or visit the web page of one of the Villages listed below: