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A Village For Life Opening in Central Seattle

 | Published on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Seattle, WA: Wider Horizons: Central Seattle’s Village for Life! is a new grassroots membership program that helps elders "age in place" in their homes by keeping them engaged with the community.  Beginning in June, Wider Horizons will offer services from home repair to transportation to health advocacy to Central Seattle’s seniors.

Wider Horizons is hosting an Open House on Sunday, June 7, 3-6 pm, at our new headquarters at the CAYA (Central Area Youth Association) building at 119 23rd Avenue. This gathering, with food, music, and informational speakers, is our way of saying “we’re moving to your neighborhood; come find out what a Village for seniors is all about.”

“Since a strong value of our organization is the importance of older and younger people building community together, we are excited to have this intergenerational location,” says Wider Horizons Board President Dave Okimoto. Dave’s sentiments are shared by CAYA Executive Director Joe Staton.

Both David and Joe hope that neighbors, members, prospective members, area providers, and other supporters will come to enjoy themselves, learn about the program, and make new acquaintances at the forthcoming Open House. The Total Experience Gospel Choir will sing at 4 pm, followed by welcoming remarks from a host of fans and community leaders who want Seattle to be an age-friendly community.

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 provide home care, care management, de-cluttering, and other services.

This “Village” is part of a successful national movement of grassroots senior organizations that began with Boston’s Beacon Hill Village in 2002. Visit both our website (www.widerhorizonsvillage.org) and the national site (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.