One of the ideas explored at the recent Aging in Community workshop in Calgary was the Village model, a member-owned organization created to support older adults to age in community. There was considerable interest in taking steps towards creating such a member-owned, member-governed entity in Calgary.
A Nov. 28 New York Times article features the Village model, highlighting the inspiration and learning that can be gleaned from seniors who have been coming together to look after themselves and each other using this model for more than 10 years.
There is energy around the Village model gathering in Calgary in a couple of working groups:
1. The Calgary Association for Lifelong Learners is introducing a discussion series on developing a Village in Calgary. The first discussion is slated for Feb. 18 and will continue on the first and third Wednesday of each month, 1-3 p.m. at Rosedale Community Centre.
2. Lindsay Luhnau is working with a group of older adults in Acadia, Ogden, Riverbend and Fairview to begin development of a Village with the intention of launching in September 2015. E-mail email@example.com to be added to a mailing list.
New Scoop will continue to follow the grassroots, community-driven work of supporting older adults to age in community and is interested in any story leads and updates.