Elders Table

 

How will the fabric of our lives be woven? Are there people nearby – family, neighbors, friends,
members of our congregation – who care about us, who would be willing to help us or accept help from us?
[T]he notion of “independence” should be abolished in favor of “interdependence.” 

Beth Baker, With a Little Help from Our Friends - Creating Community as We Grow Older

 

People are aging in place at home in their communities by choice and necessity. The Village to Village Network and Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities seek to bring services to home dwelling elders rather than move people into facilities to receive services. They promote independence with a variety of methods including, social engagement, mutual assistance, support and volunteerism.
 
Research on aging shows that volunteering enhances health and well-being. When individuals volunteer, they help their community and experience better health in later years, from greater longevity and higher functional ability to lower rates of depression. Elders and Boomers who engage in reciprocal support enhance their own well-being while simultaneously helping to meet the needs of their intentional community. Reciprocity, especially the pay it forward kind, is effectively a form of volunteerism based on enlightened self-interest.
 
Since Villages depend heavily on member involvement, elders with reduced physical, psychological, cognitive or financial capacity may find participation difficult. This situation is likely to worsen in time as members grow older and frailer, requiring more resources and care services to maintain an acceptable and affordable quality-of-life at home.
 
CareWheels research has demonstrated that empowering people with TeleCare to participate in a community-based social health network can renew their sense of meaning and purpose in life. By sharing responsibility for the well-being of others, members become motivated to take better care of themselves. These are key benefits of achieving greater independence through interdependence.
 

TeleCare services like video visits and home safety monitoring systems can enhance reciprocity by connecting people into virtual villages to deliver mutual care services between households. TeleCare services can reduce the high cost of in-home care, help overcome social isolation and avoid crises. Crisis prevention reduces suffering and the cascading consequences of avoidable hospitalizations and institutional placements. 

We can partner to help empower your intentional community to deliver on the promise to support members’ desire to continue living at home in their community. CareWheels Corporation's §501(c)(3) designation permits tax-deductible grant supported partnerships. For more information, please callPhoneNumber 10Bldor Contact Us.