As Baby-Boomers have begun to reach their Golden Years, the concept of “Aging in Place” has become increasingly popular, and Senior Villages have taken hold all over the country, especially in the greater Washington, DC area. Once referred to as Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs), Senior Villages started springing up 20 years ago in apartment buildings with aging populations. Gradually, the idea of neighbors helping neighbors spread through boroughs and towns.
Although each “village” may vary slightly in its approach to helping seniors remain in their homes, they are addressing the need for universal design of community, not just universal design inside the home. Most have a combination of volunteer services and third party providers. Annual dues are charged by most villages, though not all, and many who charge dues offer a price break for low income seniors.
Following is a list of Senior Villages in the greater Washington, DC metro area with the same goal as Care for You, Inc. We all want to help the elderly remain living at home in the communities they have lived in for decades.
Capitol Hill Village
West End & Foggy Bottom Village
At Home Chesapeake
Aging in Place – Hyattsville
Takoma Metro Village
Aging in Reston
At Home in Alexandria!
Clifton-Fairfax Station – TIPS
Mosby Woods Village
Others may be coming soon in the McLean Gardens neighborhood of DC, Cabin John and Somerset, MD, and Northern Virginia. Montgomery County, MD has also launched a new page on their website to assist those looking for help for seniors.