Ever think about how things will be when you get to retirement age and beyond? If you are like many, you’ll want to stay in your home as long as you can. But there comes a time when it just becomes harder and harder to do the little things: laundry, vacuuming, changing lightbulbs in high ceilings, grocery shopping. What if you can no longer drive but still need to get to your doctor’s appointments, and want to have a social life outside your own home?
Nationally, there’s a movement toward “Villages,” a volunteer organization geared toward helping folks “Age in Place.” To find out if there’s a village near you (or your parents or grandparents), click the map at the Village To Village Network site.
In my neighborhood, we have the PNA Village, a program run by the Phinney Neighborhood Association. I’ve been volunteering since its inception in 2012. One of the things I do is layout the printed newsletter for members and volunteers. I also write articles, and work in the office as a volunteer. We’re always looking for new volunteers, so this sort of thing resonates with you, please check it out!