The prospect of aging, particularly in our culture rampant with ageism, is disconcerting, even frightening to many people. These feelings were the impetus for a small group of us to gather in 1999.
Innovative options for aging in place in the US are leading to a new paradigm known as aging in community—a grassroots movement of like-minded citizens who come together to create systems of mutual support and caring to maximize their ability to remain, as they age, in their homes and communities. Aging in community promotes social capital—a sense of social connectedness and interdependence—enhan
Western culture has constructed a continuum that positions institutional long-term care at one end of a spectrum, and an idealized vision of aging in place at the other. The challenge is to escape this false choice. This US article looks at a third way of aging - "aging in community".