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Ashby Village in the News
There are currently over 205 Villages nationally that have opened their doors or are actively being developed. The “Village” concept has become a movement. See the links below.

Cities Are Looking Into Ways to Become More Age Friendly to Seniors
KQED, August 2016
There is a rapid increase in our senior population, thanks to the baby boomers, so many cities are preparing to be more age-friendly in response.

American Retirees use Virtual Retirement Networks to stay supported
CCTV, January 2015
Eighty-year-old Ashby Village Member Barbara Daly makes a call. That's answered by an Ashby Village coordinator with a virtual network of volunteers at her fingertips. She sends out emails to candidates fit for the job, and voila. A volunteer repairman arrives at Daly's home to change the light bulbs.

Retirees Turn to Virtual Villages for Mutual Support
NYTimes, November 2014
RICK CLOUD, 68, knew that he wanted to stay in his home in Austin, Tex., as he aged. But Mr. Cloud, who is divorced, was not sure how he could do that without relying on his two daughters.

Aging in America: Crisis in long-term care
CBS Sunday Morning, October 2014
There are currently about 40 million Americans over the age of 65, and those over 80 are the fastest-growing segment of our population. Rita Braver reports on a group of seniors who have banded together and found a way to make their golden years not just affordable, but truly "golden."

One Moment You See, Then You Don’t
NYTimes, August 2014
By Ashby Village Volunteer Eleanor Lew
I was watching Diane Sawyer on the evening news, wondering how she manages year after year to look so young, when suddenly her face disappeared. Now you see. Now you don’t. One second. That’s all it took.

There’s No Place Like Home: Seniors Hold on to Urban Independence Into Old Age
PBS News Hour, August 2014
A new community model lets seniors enjoy all of the security and social amenities of a retirement community without leaving their homes. The alternative is called "aging in place." Ray Suarez reports on how this village concept may help seniors retain their independence into their golden years.

Medical note takers help keep the information straight
USA Today, February 2014
A new type of volunteer helps seniors navigate their doctor visits by taking notes to make sure they have a good record of what the doctor recommends.

It Takes a Village: Seniors Thrive While Living at Home
NBC Daily Nightly Brian Williams, January 2014
Instead of moving into an assisted living facility, some retirees are discovering the benefits of community and how that can help them remain in their own homes.

Senior Villages help people stay independent
By Victoria Colliver, Health Reporter
San Francisco Chronicle, Health Section, March 27, 2013
Ashby Village started in 2010 and is one of about 100 villages nationwide. Many people do not have family members nearby to help them, yet most want to avoid going into assisted living or other institutions. Nearly 80 percent of people ages 50 to 64 said they would prefer to stay in their homes as they age, according to an AARP survey.

A new community model lets seniors enjoy all of the security and social amenities of a retirement community without leaving their homes. The alternative is called "aging in place." Ray Suarez reports on how this village concept may help seniors retain their independence into their golden years.

CBS San Francisco Channel 5 News, August 2012
With the $2,500 grant, Ashby Village has acquired new video equipment and will create a team of volunteers to be trained in video production. The videos will promote storytelling among members, intergenerational sharing and learning. The first video will highlight the benefits that Ashby Village has brought to both members and volunteers.

Ashby Village featured in Japanese PressUS News, Takeshi Yabe, August 2012
Following his visit to the Ashby Village annual picnic in August, Takeshi Yabe, a Japanese journalist, wrote articles about Ashby Village and the U.S. village movement which were carried in his Nikkei BP columns in December under the headline"'Village Movement' new social movements of the elderly." Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill Villages were also introduced.

Service Allows Bay Area Seniors to stay in their homesDon Ford reports
CBS San Francisco Channel 5 News, January 2012
Ashby Village allows the aging to remain in their homes and live independently.

New "Villages" help aging Americans stay at homeby Suzanne Bohan
Article published by the Bay Area News Group, November 26, 2011
"When Bob and Lynn Forthman joined Ashby Village in July 2010, they never figured they'd need its services so soon..."
"A month after the Forthmans joined, a driver ran a red light in West Berkeley, smashing into Lynn Forthman as she drove to her haircut appointment. The driver fled and was never caught, but the 86-year-old woman had five shattered ribs..." "I called Ashby Village and asked 'Could you people be of any help?' " Bob Forthman said. "They said 'Of course we could.' "

Village Movement Spreading around Californiaby Joan Aragone
News Story in San Jose Mercury News, November 15, 2011
Helen Young joined Avenidas Village when her husband was ill. Primary caregiver at the time, Young, a Palo Alto author and translator, was used to doing things on her own

Seniors get help from Village Support Network News story on ABC Channel 7 News
Seniors in California are getting the help they need with various services through a new Village program.

Oakland Conference to offer tips for Seniors in Village Movement Report by KCBS' Jeff Bell
ALL NEWS 740 AM, October 23, 2011
"We have an incredible capacity in our communities to support one another" said Andy Gaines, Executive Director of Ashby Village in Berkeley....

Village Movement takes root among UC Berkeley's dynamic elders by Yasmin Anwar
UC Berkeley News Center, October 20, 2011
Launched just over a year ago in the San Francisco Bay Area’s East Bay, the 170-member social network — driven in considerable part by expertise and membership from the University of California, Berkeley — is among the newest additions to the Village Movement, a nationwide, neighbor-helping-neighbor effort that has spread to more than 50 U.S. cities and communities.

A 'village' born of acceptance, engagement and an eye on the future by Barry Bergman
UC Berkeley News Center, October 20, 2011
To Steve Lustig, a recently retired UC Berkeley administrator and Free Speech Movement veteran, Ashby Village is a logical next step in a life steeped in community activism and health- and eldercare leadership. The main benefit of belonging, thus far, has been the time and energy he invests.

It Takes a Village by Marlene Bagdikian
Ashby Village member
"As the longevity revolution unfolds, senior villages will become one of the distinctive social inventions of our time...  These virtual villages offer an affordable way for seniors to find the practical support, companionship, and cultural vitality they need while remaining in their own homes and neighborhoods." --Theodore Roszak, The Making of an Elder Culture, and founding member of Ashby Village.

The Real Social Network: It's not only a neighborhood - it's a Village AARP The Magazine, May/June 2011 The group is part of the so-called village movement, which links neighbors together to help one another remain in the homes they love as they grow older.
In its own quiet way, the village movement represents a radical rejection of postwar American ideal of aging, in which retirees discard homes and careers for lives of leisure amid people their own age.

Aging In Berkeley: It Takes a Village Berkeley Daily Planet, September 17, 2009 The dreaded call between siblings, “What are we going to do with Mom”? Since 2007, our Ashby Village mission is to provide information and access to services that help members to remain at home as they age.
Sometimes It Takes A Village To Let Seniors Stay At Home USA Today, February 21, 2011 The drivers of the [Village] Movement are feisty men and women in their 50s and 60s who are determined to change the experience of aging by empowering and enabling seniors to remain in their own homes or apartments to the end of their lives.
The movement, launched eight years ago in Boston with Beacon Hill Village, has spread to Washington, Chicago, San Francisco and more than 50 other cities. Hundreds more are in formation.

Person of the Week: Caregivers Allow for Dignified Living Situations for Aging Parents ABC News, February 4th, 2011 Help for children with aging parents can come in many forms, with Villages being one support system.
Senior Villages Take Root As Movement Matures Throughout the country, "village" programs are providing a range of low-cost home, medical, shopping, and social services and activities to senior members. Their common goal is to help people stay in their homes through their 70s and 80s and, in a growing number of cases, into their 90s.
Senior villages that help elderly stay at home come to West Coast This first "senior village" is not a place but a membership program that helps people stay in their own homes by providing support - everything from the medical to the mundane.
Happily Ever After Berkeley Monthly, November 2009 "Whether fierce or frail, today’s seniors, and those who love them, face an array of challenging choices."
Aging In Place (Broadcast) Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5, Washington, D.C. September 30, 2010 A growing number of retiring Washingtonians are opting to stay in their own homes and "age in place" rather than move to senior communities.
For many more articles, go to Village To Village Network and Click on NEWS.

National Council on Aging, Information, Education and Resources The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Their mission is to improve the lives of older Americans. They bring together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults.
 American Society of Aging, Research, Education and Training The membership of ASA is a multidisciplinary array of professionals who are concerned with the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual aspects of aging. They range from practitioners, educators, administrators, policymakers, business people, researchers, students, and more.
 National Institute on Aging, Research Related to Aging NIH leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. It is the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research. The Institute's mission is to:
  • Support and conduct genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans.
  • Foster the development of research and clinician scientists in aging.
  • Communicate information about aging and advances in research on aging to the scientific community, health care providers, and the public.


Elder Care Locater, Locates Local Organizations Service of Administration on Aging The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services.
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