Aging in Place – The Role of Villages

group of older adults enjoying a picnic

What is a Village?

Villages are a local, volunteer-led, grassroots organizations that aim to support community members who choose to age-in-place.  They foster social connections through activities and events and coordinate volunteer help at home using neighbor helping neighbor model.

  • There are close to 200 villages ​es in the nation and around fifty in the DC metro region.
  • Each village is unique and reflects the character, interests and needs of the community that creates it. The village leadership decides what it would offer and how it would operate.
  • Some villages choose an intergenerational model that serves all members of the community.  Examples of such villages are the Bannockburn NAN, Village of Takoma Park and Wyngate NHN. Some villages have paid staff in addition to volunteers and charge a membership fee, other Villages are all volunteer and have no fee.

What Does The Village Offer?

Villages offer volunteer help to their members. Volunteers offer transportation to medical appointments, services, groceries and more. Volunteers may also help with simple tasks at home. Examples include small repairs, changing light bulbs, providing cooked meals to a sick neighbor and laundry help for someone just out of the hospital.

Villages focus on building social connections. They organize events, large and small, that are of interest to their community. Villages may organize book clubs, walking groups, knitting clubs, guest speaker events, group outings and so much more. Many Village events can take place at a neighbor’s home; others can take place at a local church, synagogue, mosque, library or community recreation center. Villages often partner and connect with other local organizations and develop programs together.

Who Creates the Village?

People like you! Villages are created by residents of the community, people who have a vision for an improved quality of life for all. Every new Village starts with a vision and with a dedicated core of individuals ready and willing to make that vision a reality. This is not one person’s job but a community effort.

Is your neighborhood part of a village?

Search on the Montgomery County Villages Map to find out if you reside within an established village.

What transportation options are available in Montgomery County?

The Department of Health and Human Services provides a transportation network directory for adults age 50+, including escorted transportation through villages.