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Coffee with Neighbors – May

Have you wanted to attend one of our presentations but the timing hasn’t worked out? Or you’ve been to one but you’re wondering what’s new with us? Or a friend of a friend of a friend told you about us and you’re curious?  Stop by and join us for an informal Q&A in the large meeting room of the Mountlake Terrace Library.

Date/time:  Saturday, May 26 10:30 – 11:30

Location: 23300 58th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace, WA  98043

  • in EVENTSby Selby Coffin 
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  • April 29, 2018

Portland’s Villages NW was Best Non-profit 2015

Villages NW Honored as Portland’s Best New Nonprofit of 2015 by Portland Monthly

For Immediate Release:

Villages NW Honored as Portland’s Best New Nonprofit of 2015 by Portland Monthly

For more information, contact:

Villages NW, 503-515-1948, info@villagesnw.org

View video about this event here.

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Portland, Oregon — On October 20th, 2015, Portland Monthly named Villages NW 2015’s Best New Nonprofit at the magazine’s annual Light a Fire Awards ceremony. Villages NW was further honored by attendees at the ceremony, who selected them as one of two “favorite nonprofits” in a tie vote. This “people’s choice” award netted the organization a $7,500 prize.

Every year, Portland Monthly convenes a panel of the region’s top foundation and corporate-giving leaders to select Light A Fire award nominees in a range of categories, all focused on making Portland more prosperous, beautiful, healthful and sustainable for all who live here. This year, Villages NW was honored for its work toward enabling “more Pacific NW residents to successfully age in place.”

The award adds a significant milestone to an already consequential month for the nonprofit. On October 1, 2015, Eastside Village, a member of Villages NW’s consortium of neighborhood-based villages, launched and began accepting dues and providing services to members.

“Villages NW is deeply honored to have been chosen the best new nonprofit of 2015.  When we began this journey in October of 2011, we could never have imagined that 4 years later we would have 7 Villages in development across 3 counties and that hundreds of volunteers would be working to transform what it means to age here in the Portland metro-area. It is truly a dream coming true,” said Anne Andler, Villages NW founder and Executive Director.

Since its establishment in 2013, Villages NW has worked tirelessly to organize thousands of neighborhood residents to establish grassroots Villages whose inhabitants help each other age affordably in their own homes through coordinated volunteer work and low-cost services provided by participating vendors. Village members can expect support with everything from running errands and minor home repair to in-home medical care.

Individuals and businesses interested in joining the Village movement or, potentially, starting a new Village, should visit www.villagesnw.org for more information.

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  • in HUB + SPOKE , NEWSby Selby Coffin 
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  • April 28, 2018

The Power Behind the Village Movement: learn about Village to Village

  • in VIDEOS, VILLAGE TO VILLAGE NETWORK by Selby Coffin 
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  • April 25, 2018

New Regional Fire Authority: South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue

Fire Station 17

Recently I attended an Open House at Station 17 (downtown Edmonds) of the South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue and boy, was I in for a big surprise.  Turns out the SSCF&R has only been in existence since October 1, 2017.  Because I myself live in King County, the name didn’t seem foreign to me.  But as it happens, Fire District 1 and the Lynnwood Fire Department have consolidated to form a regional fire authority. SSCF&F serves Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and unincorporated south Snohomish County.  Fire chief Bruce Stedman told us that we were among the first to see their new logo.

At the Open House I chatted with Community Resource specialist Kristen Thorstenson and gave her the NNN brochure.  Did you know that patients who have fallen or are at-risk of falling can be referred to her for services?  SSCF&R can follow up with prevention information, assistance in accessing social services, or a home visit for a falls risk assessment and safety survey.

Here is the Falls Prevention checklist from the SSCF&R website:

Studies show that a combination of behavior changes can significantly reduce falls among older adults. Experts recommend:

  1. Participate in a physical activity regimen with balance, strength training, and flexibility components.
  2. Consult with a health professional about getting a fall risk assessment.
  3. Have medications reviewed periodically.
  4. Get eyes and ears checked annually.
  5. Make sure the home environment is safe and supportive:
  • Pick-up trip hazards. Look for anything that might cause you to stumble – papers, books, shoes and clothes.
  • Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep rugs from slipping.
  • Install grab bars next to your toilet and in the bathtub or shower. u
  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub or on the shower floor.
  • Improve lighting. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well.
  • Make stairs safe with handrails and lights on all staircases.

See http://southsnofire.org/education/programs/falls-prevention for more information.

Part of what aging-in-place villages do is connect you to resources that we do not ourselves offer, such as emergency services.  But there are things a village can do that emergency service providers may not be able to do in times of disaster.   We can be the ones to check on one of our members when an out-of-town family member isn’t able to get through to them.  We can create networks of volunteers to stop by during an extended power outage or other crisis.

Finally, in other news, there is a recall on Kidde smoke detectors.

 

  • in NEWS by Selby Coffin 
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  • April 21, 2018

What is the hub and spoke model?

What is the hub and spoke model?

Another model that’s been emerging is the hub and spoke model where one village acts as the hub and has the 501(c)3 status. They offer all the back office support with things like computer system and database management. Examples of this model are the Marin Villages in Marin, California, and Villages Northwest outside of Portland, Oregon.

https://www.shareable.net/blog/why-community-based-senior-villages-are-growing-in-the-us

 

 

  • in HUB + SPOKE , NEWSby Selby Coffin 
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  • April 11, 2018

What’s Up What’s New Presentation October 16th at Shoreline LFP Sr. Center

Time:  Tuesday, October 16th 10:30-11:30

Location:  Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 18560 1st Avenue, Shoreline WA  98155

Learn how NNN plans to help community members stay living as long as possible in the comfort and security of their own homes or apartments, with support from neighborhood volunteers of all ages and pre-screened professionals. The center charges $2 admission to this event.

 

 

 

  • in EVENTSby Selby Coffin 
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  • April 8, 2018

About PNA Village as Seen on PBS

https://kcts9.org/programs/in-close/life-culture/it-takes-village

April 30, 2015

For many aging seniors, staying in their homes and communities is their top priority. Fortunately, The Village to Village network is a successful model of communities coming together and helping seniors receive support while ‘aging in place’.

Wilma Bishop grew up around the corner from her current home in the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood of Seattle. The 89-year-old widow went to Ballard High School and has vivid memories of living through the depression in Seattle. Bishop is healthy and happy, but three years ago she was almost forced out of her home.

“I was over on Roosevelt in front of the Trader Joe’s and I fell,” said Bishop. “You see pictures of people who go flying, and I did.”

Find a Network Near You

The Village to Village Network is a national grass-roots network run by local communities. Each network is slightly different, offering different memberships and services, but they are all membership-driven.

To find a network, see the Village to Village directory.

Bishop had more falls after that–“I think it did something to my balance”–and had to give up driving. Suddenly, errands that were part of her daily life became obstacles. Wilma had no way to get around. Her daughter lives in West Seattle but wasn’t able to spend her days driving her mother to her various destinations, and transporting groceries on the bus was too daunting for Wilma to consider.

“I need to get to the grocery store,” Bishop says. “It keeps me from going into some sort of retirement facility, which I do not want if I can help it.”

Luckily, Bishop is a member of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, or PNA. The PNA has a program called PNA Village, a part of the national Village to Village network, that helps seniors stay in their home and community. The program has a strong network of volunteers who assist seniors with non-medical tasks such as yard work, minor repair work, or rides. The network also provides seniors with access to a vetted vendor list for more professional needs that includes electricians, dog walkers or tech support.

Bishop became a member of the network, and secured not one, but three people to bring her to the grocery store on a regular basis

Rachel, a PNA Village volunteer, helps Wilma with her groceries.

 

Rachel, a PNA Village volunteer, helps Wilma with her groceries.

“[The PNA Village] said they had people that could pick me up and I was so surprised, that was terrific,” Bishop said. “So now I have three people who bring me grocery shopping, and I also get rides to the Greenwood Senior Center for a couple of things that I do up there.”

The cost of full individual membership to the PNA Village network is less than three hundred dollars a year (membership costs vary for each individual village). For Bishop, the cost of being able to stay in her home is not only worth it emotionally, but financially it’s a bargain too. According to the department of health and human services, the average cost of a nursing home in Washington State is over $6,000 a month. Assisted living facilities average just over $3,000 a month for a one-bedroom unit.

Ed Medeiros founded the Phinney Ridge Village program in 2011.

 

Ed Medeiros founded the Phinney Ridge Village program in 2011.

“When you survey people, you find out they want to age in place, they want to stay in their home, and be part of an inter-generational community, rather than be isolated by age,” says local resident Ed Medeiros, who founded the PNA Village in 2011. “The village enables you to make these connections in a much easier way.”

Local author and gerontologist Jeanette Franks agrees. “One of the predictors I see that can give you a high quality of life in old age is how seniors answer the question ‘who decided you were going to live here?'” she said. Franks’ book, To Move or To Stay Put encourages seniors and their families to talk frankly about decisions related to aging.

“In our culture we have a lot of negative stereotypes and misconceptions  about aging and older people,” says Franks. “It’s very important to recognize that people of all ages can make their own choices, whether they’re good choices or bad choices.”

Franks made the decision to downsize to a condominium on Bainbridge Island with her partner a few years ago. She says universal design, walkability, and access to amenities are ideal for seniors who age in place. She is also leading discussions to form a village network on Bainbridge.

For seniors, living in a community that provides services and volunteer support sounds like a perfect match. However, Medeiros says the biggest challenge he sees in the village is actually getting seniors to join the network. Denial and pride often get in the way, he says.

“Getting people to join is not always easy, because people are thinking I’m not ready yet, maybe I’m not even a senior and I might be 75–it’s your own self-image and how you feel,” Medeiros said. But if you don’t join and support the program when you are ready, it might not be there.”

89-year old Wilma Bishop as able to continue living in her home in the Phinney Neighborhood thanks to the PNA Village program.

 

89-year old Wilma Bishop as able to continue living in her home in the Phinney Neighborhood thanks to the PNA Village program.

 

 

 

 

  • in NEWS, VIDEOSby Selby Coffin 
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  • April 7, 2018

It Takes Villages: Judy Willett at TedxBoston

  • in VIDEOSby Selby Coffin 
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  • April 7, 2018

Let’s go to Seattle 7 Writers’ Summer Book Festival June 3d

Seattle7Writers is thrilled to host our third annual Summer Bookfest! This year will have 17 best-selling and award-winning authors on hand to sign books, chat with readers, and offer up homemade treats. 20% of proceeds will go to benefit the Bainbridge Schools Foundation. http://www.seattle7writers.org/summer-bookfest.html

Seems like a fun daytrip. We’ll rendezvous on the 10:40 ferry.  There is another ferry at 11:25 that will still give you time to catch up with the group.  There is parking at the book store.  Let us know if you want to carpool and we’ll do our best.  Also, it is an easy walk from the ferry.  Here is a link to a travel blog about visiting Downtown Bainbridge Island on foot.  http://seattleflyerguy.blogspot.com/2012/02/walking-downtown-bainbridge-island-and.html
Be warned it’s from 2012.

RSVP is appreciated but not required.

  • in EVENTSby Selby Coffin 
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  • April 7, 2018

Coffee with Neighbors

Have you wanted to attend one of our presentations but the timing hasn't worked out? Or you've been to one but you're wondering what's new with us? Or a friend of a friend of a friend told you about us and you're curious? Informal meeting at the commons by Third Place Books and the Honeybear Bakery. We'll have a sign to let you know who we are. RSVP not required but always appreciated. This will be a new monthly feature - locations may vary.

  • Saturday, April 21at 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM

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    Town Center at Lake Forest Park

    17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, Washington 98155

    • in EVENTSby Selby Coffin 
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    • April 7, 2018