Planetizen - Urban Planning News, Jobs, and Education

Enabling Retirees To Stay Put

<p>Retirees are less inclined to move out of their homes as they ages, so a cooperative group in Connecticut is creating a network amongst retirees and service providers to enable people to stay put.</p>
November 20, 2007, 11am PST | Nate Berg
Share Tweet LinkedIn Email Comments

"Staying Put - one of a rapidly growing number of so-called virtual villages for older people - will upon opening next year envelope its residents wherever they live within the town."

"A nonprofit dues-paying membership organization, the 'village' is actually a townwide support network designed to help older residents stay in their own homes as long as possible. The group's aim is to help meet local demand for retiree housing in a town with few other options, organizers say."

"The organization is putting together lists of reliable, prescreened contractors available for home repairs; it is also negotiating reduced rates with home-nursing agencies and lining up volunteers willing to drive members to doctor appointments or to pick up groceries."

"The only paid staff member is the executive director, Jane Nyce. Members will be encouraged to offer up their skills and talents too, as volunteers."

Full Story:
Published on Sunday, November 11, 2007 in The New York Times
Share Tweet LinkedIn Email