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Beacon Hill Village isn’t really a village. It’s a village-like community. Located in Boston, the nonprofit member organization was created several years ago by a group of seniors who knew they wanted to keep living in their own homes but also knew that the time would come when they’d need support. They didn’t want to be dependent on their kids – so they took action.
The “village” they formed has about 400 members scattered across town and offers car rides for grocery runs and doctor visits, as well as cultural and educational events, social gatherings, free exercise classes and the sense of security that comes from the knowledge that someone will check in on you, and you can pick up the phone and get help.
PBS filmed the members going about their daily lives and the volunteers who help them make this innovative model work.
Could you see living in a “village” like this?