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News - November 2, 2012

An experiment in aging gracefully, in place

Local 'village' of seniors helping seniors marks five years

by Chris Kenrick

It's one thing to say you intend to age gracefully in your own home and avoid institutionalized care — and something else entirely to accomplish it.

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Posted by Michelle Rogers, a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm

The Village concept is enabling people to age in place gracefully all the while having access to partners in the community that can support their needs. Congratulations to Avendias Village for the great work they are doing.

Posted by Ducatigirl, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm

This is a wonderful blend of the best of both worlds--independence and assisted living.
I hope it is still around when I need it.

Posted by Tracey Chen, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Nov 5, 2012 at 10:51 am

I'll be 50 this week, but I need this group! I can't turn a mattress either! I am disabled by nerve problems....but there's plenty of stuff I CAN the commenter above, I want to know how to join...sign me up....And everyone, for the first time, you can really make a difference this year. You can vote for Jill Stein (or Gary Johnson, but Stein is my choice), and third party for every seat that you can. You don't have to believe the old programming that it's a wasted vote. It isn't. The only wasted vote is a vote for anyone who supports the NDAA or citizens united.....that means you can't vote for Obama or Romney or ANY incumbent....wake up, please. If you don't even KNOW who is in the third party debate tonight, you're not an educated voter.....please stop dragging our nation to war.

Posted by registered user, Tyler Hanley, a resident of digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on Nov 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

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Posted by RussianMom, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 3, 2012, at 9:41 p.m.

Great story.

Where can younger people get involved? We have talented and compasionate youth here. How about holidays concerts? Post some opportunities for them

Posted by Dodiben, a resident of another community
on Jan 26, 2016 at 3:08 pm

I live in Saratoga but would love to join Avenidas village. It would be nice to recruit some volunteers in this area (or even Mountain View) who could give occasional help with small things like (as mentioned in one of the notes) turning a mattress. I live alone and at 85 can pretty much fend for myself. I wish that I could latch onto this group as my own. Its a wonderful concept.

Posted by Voice in the Wilderness, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 26, 2016 at 7:22 pm

Re Avenidas Village, It is a great concept, but its costs. $900 annually for one person, $1200 for two. The philosophy is that we should join before we need it, the same concept as insurance. Protection. It offers a number of programs like fast help for emergencies, vetting of vendors (which the main Avenidas offers anyway) as well as the opportunity for some nice friendship & socialization activities that are so important during the aging process.

However, not all Palo Altans can put out that kind of money for the Village.

I called the Village's director one morning, saying that I had a senior friend who could not afford the $900. Could she tell me about some type of "scholarship" or funding to help that type of person. She thought for a moment and then said, "Well, Palo Altans are rich." Gulp. Wow. I replied quite sharply, "Well they all aren't." She then replied, "Oh, yes some are house rich and cash poor." (Oh, nice of you to recognize that.) She further added that any assistance would probably be given to someone already a Village member. And, she stressed that there was really no money, but she could look around and perhaps find some. But, it was a very much "we really don't have it."

Avenidas should look past those who CAN afford the Village and think of a people in the City within a broader context of programs. Granted, there are the good programs that Avenidas does offer, and those do fill an important need.

But I urge us all to remember that lovely gentleman who recently put a comment on PaloAltoOnline regarding the shuttle survey missing many seniors. He said that he needed to buy clothes beyond what he could get at CVS. How many of you buy your clothes there at CVS? He wanted the shuttle to take him to Kohls, Walmart, etc. in northern Mountain View because the Stanford Shopping Center was too expensive. (Really!)

The City turns a blind eye to people like this man. As for me, I have enough activities on my plat as a "senior senior" without the need to join Avenidas Village. Some day perhaps, but not now.