The Village is Coming!

Portland will soon have its own Village to help support our neighbors aging and thriving in place in their homes.  Portland Area Villages has been formed to support all of our neighborhoods and their efforts to bring the Village Model of support to their residents. Read about the network that supports Villages and contact info@portlandareavillages.org for more.

Village to Village Network

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 200 open Villages and more than 150 in development in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Village to Village Network and the Village Movement 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.

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

Village Characteristics

  • 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, socioeconomic, 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 [be] independent in their communities.” - Ilene Henshaw, AARP, Department of Government Affairs.

Contact info@portlandareavillages.org for more information.