7. Other age-friendly community models

In addition to the WHO and AARP age-friendly community networks, other models and initiatives exists to support communities in becoming more age-friendly across Massachusetts and the U.S., including:

  • The Village Model
  • Grantmakers in Aging’s Community AGEenda

The Village Model

The Village model offers an option for meeting the needs of the growing older population by making it possible for people to stay in their communities and “age in place.” Neighborhood residents create villages to help coordinate and deliver services and supports within their communities. This consumer-driven and person-centered approach can help delay or even prevent the need for institutional care.

The Village model was first pioneered by Beacon Hill Village, which is a member-driven organization for Boston residents age 50 and over. Beacon Hill Village provides programs and services so members can lead vibrant, active and healthy lives, while living in their own homes and neighborhoods. Since enrolling its first members in 2002, the Village model has spread to 15 communities in MA and more than 190 communities across the U.S., which are connected by the Village to Village Network.

The Village to Village Network (VtV) is a national peer-to-peer network to help establish and continuously improve management of their own villages whether in large metropolitan areas, rural towns or suburban settings. The mission of VtV is to enable communities to establish and effectively manage aging in community organizations initiated and inspired by their members.

Grantmakers in Aging Community AGEnda

Through it’s Community AGEnda initiative, Grantmakers in Aging (GIA), with support from the Pfizer Foundation, has funded five communities to help accelerate their efforts to become more age-friendly. GIA is now in its third year of funding for these communities. Each community has developed extensive resources that provide a wealth of information and examples for other cities and towns who are exploring a similar process.Learn more about each community’s goals and planned activities for Year Two (2013-2014

Browse more resources:

  1. Learn about age-friendly communities
  2. Joining an age-friendly community network
  3. Tool kits and guides for getting started
  4. Planning and baseline assessments
  5. Implementation and action plans
  6. Communication and message framing
  7. Other age-friendly community models