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Living in Your Own Home or Apartment?

Aug 31, 2017
by Lyndi Brown


Do you expect to live in your own home as long as you can? Do you want to support a loved one as they make this choice? If so, you’ll want to know about the innovative Village movement for people ages 50 and better.

Village Network of Petaluma invites the public to the 15th anniversary of the Village movement during a live nationwide webcast from Boston on Monday, September 25 at 1:30 pm at Petaluma Library’s Forum Room, 100 Fairgrounds Dr. in Petaluma.

Dr. Atul GawandeLearn about the innovative Village movement, community and choice during this webcast with Dr. Atul Gawande, surgeon and author of “Being Mortal”. Dr. Gawande's profound understanding of the importance of community and choice offers valuable insights and solutions for our rapidly growing aging population. The event will be moderated by Robin Young, host of NPR’sHere & Now.

Join a post-webcast discussion on aging, honoring choice and transforming habits, cultural expectations & one-size-fits-all corporate offerings as we age, led by Joanne Martin Braun, the new of Membership and Volunteer Manager for Village Network of Petaluma.

Joanne Martin BraunThefree event is hosted by Village Network of Petaluma. Refreshments will be served. For details, contact 776-6055 or . Visit to learn more.

Beacon Hill in Boston was the first nonprofit Village in the United States. Learn about this grassroots social movement where older adults engage in a supportive community to live in our own homes for as long as we can. Adults aged 50+ and volunteers of all ages are involved in more than 200 non-profit membership Villages nationwide. A great resource for Villages nationwide can be found at

What is the Village? As part of this innovative national movement, the Village Network of Petaluma is a nonprofit membership organization created to empower adults ages 50+ to continue living active, vibrant and connected lives in our own homes as we age. Our Village serves Petaluma and Penngrove, and has 87 members and about the same number of volunteers (of all ages). Through interest groups and educational programs, we are creating a committed group of “friends helping friends”. Members can request support when they wish, such as rides, note takers at medical appointments, light handyperson services, computer tutors and more.

Village Network of Petaluma is a non-profit 501 (c)(3), serving Petaluma and Penngrove since 2014.

 Want a Village in your area? At our Village Network of Petaluma, we get questions every week from residents throughout Sonoma County who wish they had a Village to participate in. The 707 Village is working to start up, and you can learn more at or see their Facebook page .



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