Seniors help seniors in village community


September 30, 2010

A trend that is slowly gaining popularity across the country is that of the village, a community of seniors who care for each other as they age in their homes and one of the most recent village developments is taking place in Reston, Virginia, according to The Fairfax Times.

"Over 80 percent of the people that we surveyed have said that they feel that Reston is an elder-friendly community," Steve Gurney, the author of the Guide to Retirement Living Sourcebook, told the news provider. "But when they dig deeper, there are some critical issues."

Many of these problems consist of transportation, affordability and accessibility. The village community will seek to help seniors by having a support system in place where neighbors can offer basic services to older residents.

One village, Mount Vernon at Home has already been created, and costs $550 for a single-person household and $800 for a residence for two, the news provider reports. Besides services which help residents with errands, there are also social programs that keep seniors connected to the community.

Seniors looking to age safely and independently at home may want to invest in a personal emergency response system. This device can allow older adults to instantly contact neighbors or physicians in the case of an emergency.