County Executive Ike Leggett recently unveiled a blueprint for community-building strategies aimed at providing neighborhood groups with tools to start senior “Villages” that will provide grassroots services to combat social isolation, improve mobility and enhance access to services for seniors.
A Village is a grass roots organization created to provide older adults with lifestyle choices that include continuing to live in their own homes.
Participants in Leggett’s 2009 Senior Summit identified the need to encourage and support the creation of Villages in Montgomery County. Neighbors in Bannockburn, Chevy Chase, Burning Tree, Cabin John and Somerset have created Villages and communities that serve their residents. Other communities in Montgomery County are beginning work on Villages.
Electronic copies of the Blueprint are available by calling the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center at 240-777-8200.