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Virtual Villages:
A Guide to Local and National Resources


Potomac Community Village - A lively 3-minute animation that explains how a village works

"It Takes a Village - Seniors Thrive While Living at Home" - NBC Nightly News Report with Brian Williams, whose father-in-law joined a village

Phinney Ridge Village - KCTS-9 Report on a village in Seattle, now in its 5th year.

Beacon Hill Village, Boston - the original village, a TEDx Talk

"Soup in the Village" - a famed and popular local chef collaborates with a St. Louis village to share his beloved recipe for Frenchh Onion Soup and create a memorable community event.

Web Sites for Villages in Seattle

PNA Village (Phinney Neighborhood Association)  

NEST (North East Seattle Together)

Wider Horizons (village in Central Seattle)

Resources and Articles of Interest

3rd Act Magazine - Reimagining Senior Life
Updated publication with Puget Sound area focus. Inaugural issue includes an article on villages, with a link to our web site.

With Eastside Village, Neighbors Help Neighbors Age in Place
Article about the Eastside Village in Portland

Is There a Village on Your Horizon?  (article from Agewise King County)

Incoming Virtual Village Helps the Aging Stay Put  (Capitol Hill Times - article about Wider Horizons)

Virtual Villages: New Models of Assistance

Northwest Neighbors Connecting - Introductory Video (Baltimore) 

Meeting the Challenges of Aging in Public Housing
Research on the benefits of connecting neighbors. Finding: "In a resilience-nurturing framework, administrators see all residents as having inherent strengths that can be leveraged as resources for the community."

Eastside Programs for Older Adults

Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services) provides a variety of services for seniors. Sound Generations works with Community Living Connections to help seniors connect to the resources and services they need.

Eastside Friends of Seniors 
Not quite a village, but serves many older adults in Issaquah, Sammamish, and parts of Snoqualmie Valley.  All-volunteer, no membership fee support emphasizing transportation assistance.

Eastside Time Bank

Neighbors helping neighbors, connecting through high-tech tools. Monthly potluck, orientation, and speaker held at various Eastside locations.

TELOS (Greek for "Fulfillment")
Bellevue College's Continuing Education program for retirees and other adults.
Learn and socialize with your peers through TELOS courses and student organization activities.

Next Avenue - PBS 9 web site "where grown-ups keep growing"

Northwest Center for Creative Aging 


Older Adults in Bellevue - Resources, Meetings, and Research

Bellevue Network on Aging (new site)
Open meetings, first Thursday, 8:30-10:00, location varies

The Changing Face of Bellevue
Research report prepared by City of Bellevue demographer Gwen Rousseau 

Bellevue Human Services 2015-2016 Needs Assessment - Older Adults
Research report prepared by City of Bellevue Human Services

Recommended Reading

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
By best-selling author and surgeon Atul Gawande - the book that got us started!


KCLS Older Adults Specialist Reading Recommendations

Bibliography on Aging, by TELOS instructor Ellen Berg, whose course and TSO "Coffee and Wisdom" talk in October, 2015, introduced our planning group to issues and innovations related to aging. 


National Village Support Organization 

Village to Village Network
National non-profit organization providing comprehensive resources and support for villages

What does it take to start a village?
Village to Village Network – Exploratory Phase (excerpt)

News about villages around the country
Village to Village Network News List

Comprehensive Research Report and Best Practices:
Sustaining the Village Concept 






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