Grassroots Senior Housing: The “Urban Village”

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 26 August 2011

Assisted living is not for everyone. Whether for financial reasons or simply personal preference, some American seniors opt to age in place elsewhere. However, there is still a need for support.

Springing up in response to that need are several grassroots options for senior housing and elder care, as highlighted in a series of posts (written by fellows at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism) at The New Old Age blog. As per the blog, these “do-it-yourself” senior living arrangements are “friendlier, more autonomous and less expensive.”

Niharika Mandhana reported on the Chicago-based Lincoln Park Village, an ideal solution for urban seniors who want to stay in their city communities.

Founded by older adults who shared this desire to age in place, the young non-profit organization (it’s been in existence for 2 years) is comprised of 230 members, representing 165 households throughout the windy city. Village members have access to such services as transportation to medical appointments, assistance with paperwork, and help with household maintenance – all via one simple phone call.

Lincoln Park Village is one of 60 throughout the country, and 100 more are currently in development.

Learn more about other affordable senior housing options here at Seniors for Living.


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