Villages, medical alert can be alternative to living in retirement home

Alan Wu

February 22, 2011

Many baby boomers have started to get ready for their golden years, but many members of the generation do not want to live in retirement homes as they age, according to USA Today. Instead, they are finding an effective alternative in the recent Village Movement.

This was officially started around eight years ago in Boston with the Beacon Hill Village, but it has spread far and wide, with communities springing up in Chicago, Washington, San Francisco and 50 other cities.

These settlements have especially been a boon to older adults who require additional care due to health or mobility problems. They eliminate the need for transportation by bringing caregivers and other services into one central location.

Boomers who are looking to age safely and independently may also want to invest in a medical alert. This device can be used to instantly send a personal emergency response message to doctors and neighbors if one needs assistance.

Many older adults are simply joining the villages as a preemptive move, because they don't want to be stuck alone in a house when they do need someone else's help.

"I didn't want to wait until I need assistance," San Francisco village resident Don Langley told the news source. "I want to be able to be a part of the village while I can contribute."

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