By Margaret Austin
Life is good on Tiger Mountain. In Mirrormont it is enhanced by our volunteers. Many enjoy the Mirrormont Park and Mirrormont Pea Patch; take advantage of Chipper Days, Spring Clean-up, and social events. We benefit from the First Aid and CPR classes. We swim. We hike with our pets. The list goes on.
But country living can have its limitations, especially as we get older. We wonder about what comes next; about how long we will live. We wonder about whether we’ll be vulnerable or strong when losses and changes come. We wonder about our lifestyle; do we push the limits or relax?
We wonder…where should we live?
The question comes up time and again. When we retire, are widowed, have a bout of illness, or become very old; should I stay put or should I move? My arrangements work now, but will they in the future?
One response to these vexing questions took place in Boston around the turn of the 21st century, and is spreading across the country. It is the Elder Village, also called the Virtual Village. There are now over 200 villages across the country, with 150 more in development. Further information is available at http://vtvnetwork.org.
These villages are not places you move to, but an organization you join. Dues provide member benefits, including services and social activities designed to help you age in place. Young and old volunteer and benefit. Examples of services include chicken soup when recovering from a ski accident, transportation, computer help, and referrals for medical assistance in your home.
To find out about the Village Concept and explore how we might adapt it, come to the Speaker Program at 7 PM on February 21st at Mirrormont Country Club, 25500 SE Mirrormont Drive. Better yet, come at 6:30 p.m. for Happy Hour. Our speaker, Ellen Berg, has taught about villages and is a member of one in Seattle. She will lead a discussion on what a village is, how it gets organized, how it works, how it is paid for, and what are the benefits.
Come and find a way to stay longer on Tiger Mountain! Phone Margaret and Barrie Austin at 425-922-0540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a ride on February 21st.