Staying Power: Aging in Community and the Village Model

In the US, older adults are remaining in their homes in increasing numbers and are part of a paradigm shift that is transferring healthcare services from a centralized institutional model to a decentralized home-based model. However, a majority of homes older adults reside in lack basic accessibility features and are in predominantly suburban locations that have limited transportation options. Villages, a multi-faceted aging support program, were established to address limitations encountered by older adults as they age in their homes and communities. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine how two groups of older adults living in suburban neighborhoods aged in community. One group belonged to a Village and the other did not.