Isolation can be one of the biggest problems faced by aging senior citizens. A group in Petaluma is exploring a new, cooperative model to foster greater inter-reliance for this population.
The Petaluma Village Exploration Project will host an open meeting on Tuesday evening, April 23, at 7 pm in the Methodist Church at 410 D Street in Petaluma. They also hold regular noon meetings at the PEP Housing offices at 951 Petaluma Blvd. South. Additional information is available through the group’s blog.
As defined by the Village to Village Network: "Villages are membership-driven, grass-roots organizations that, through both volunteers and paid staff, coordinate access to affordable services including transportation, health and wellness programs, home repairs, social and educational activities, and other day-to-day needs enabling individuals to remain connected to their community throughout the aging process."
The Village movement in the Bay Area was also recently profiled in the San Francisco Chronicle.