As Baby-Boomers have begun to reach their Golden Years, and the concept of Aging in Place has become increasingly popular, Senior Villages have taken hold all over the country; numerous villages exist in Washington, DC and the greater metro 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 Washington, DC and the surrounding areas that have the same goal as Care for You: We all want to help the elderly remain living at home, in the communities that they want to live in, comfortably.
Takoma Metro Village
Mosby Woods Village
For those interested in learning more about Senior Villages, the Village to Village network website is a great place to start, providing a wellspring of information, as well as connections to these and other communities.