Seniors in Philly are aging in place with the help of community ‘villages'

Penn’s Village is part of a national network of hundreds of “villages” that provide support to seniors so that they can age in place. The staff is small, it is run largely by volunteers, and funded mainly with annual dues paid by the 350 members and ranging from $200 to $600 per household. The lower level offers access to programs and social events and the highest level gives access to services. The broad range of services are things that a neighbor or friend would do, not hands-on care. For example, the Health Pals program pairs volunteers with members who want support at medical appointments.

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