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      Impact of the Village Model: Results of a National Survey.

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          Villages are a relatively new, consumer-directed model that brings together older adults in a community who have a mutual interest in aging in place. These membership organizations provide social and civic engagement opportunities, volunteer provided support services, and referral to vetted community providers to achieve their primary goals of promoting independence and preventing undesired relocations. This cross sectional survey of 1,753 active Village members from 28 Villages across the US measured members' perceived impacts in the areas of social connection, civic engagement, service access, health and well-being, and ability to age in place. Results showed that involvement in the Village was a key factor associated with greater perceived impacts. Over half of members perceive that the Village has improved their sense of connection to others and their feeling that they have someone to count on. Though younger members in better health were more likely to perceive impacts in social connections, results suggest older women, living alone with some disability may be the most likely to experience improved health, quality of life, and mobility. The implications for social work practice are discussed.

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          Journal
          J Gerontol Soc Work
          Journal of gerontological social work
          Informa UK Limited
          1540-4048
          0163-4372
          Jul 2017
          : 60
          : 5
          Affiliations
          [1 ] a Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services, School of Social Welfare , University of California Berkeley , Berkeley , California , USA.
          Article
          10.1080/01634372.2017.1330299
          28509628
          9ba489dd-e36f-4181-8d45-e1a7e112c31d

          NORCs/Village models,aging in community,evaluation research

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