A new membership program to help elders “stay put” in their own homes will open this May. Wider Horizons: Central Seattle’s Village for Life engages those living in Central Seattle by building community and a network of local resources. In additional to a variety of social and educational activities, the Village supports independent living with volunteer- and staff-provided help as well as through appropriate referrals to many different kinds of social support services.
The best way to learn about Wider Horizons is to attend a small gathering in the home of a member or other supporter. Three such meetings are planned for April:
• April 7, 6-8 pm, in Mt. Baker
• April 11, 2-4 pm, on north Capitol Hill
• April 15, 6-8 pm, in Montlake
To sign up for one of these gatherings, or for more information, contact Executive Director, Denise Klein (firstname.lastname@example.org or 206 650-3586).
Wider Horizons is a one-stop shop that facilitates aging in place. Services range from minor home repair, pet care, computer assistance, and rides (to supermarkets, medical appointments etc.) to information and referral, personal navigation, and health advocacy. Vetted professionals can provide home care, care management, de-cluttering, and other services.
This Village is part of a national movement of grassroots organizations that began with Boston’s Beacon Hill Village in 2002. Members of villages experience high satisfaction with them. Check out the national website: www.vtvnetwork.org to find out more.
One of Wider Horizon’s founding members says:
What an ingenious idea! My partner and I would like to stay put in our home surrounded by the people, places and things we love. A virtual village will grow and change with our needs. We want to support Wider Horizons as members, volunteers, and active participants.