Virtual Retirement Villages: Where Senior Residents Rule
Have you heard of virtual retirement villages? They’re not new video games. You don’t enter them through a computer. You don’t even need goggles for them. Virtual retirement villages are a relatively new form of real-life senior living. And the concept has been spreading.
Over at Inside Aging Care, blogger Carol Leavenworth offers a succinct explanation about these groups, also called intentional communities.
These communities which are scattered around the US are membership driven organizations open to older people residing in a particular service area. This model is different from traditional “senior care” in that the locus of control lies with the membership rather than with an administrative bureaucracy who set the program and determine the services. There is usually a professional administrative staff, but the community determine the program based on the needs and desires of the membership. The success of the staff is measured by the fulfillment of the goals of the membership.
Services may include things like home-health care, housekeeping and transportation. You can read her full post here: “The Intentional Community Model of Aging in Place.” What do you think about this concept? Do you know anyone who’s joined a virtual retirement village?
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