“My Home . . . My Choice” is the topic of a conference hosted by North Shore Village and the Evanston Commission on Aging from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 21 at the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. The event, which is free and open to the public, will describe a growing national trend that offers older adults an alternative to the traditional retirement home.
Neighborhood-based “villages” are grassroots organizations created by seniors to provide services and activities that help them live healthily and happily in their own homes. North Shore Village was organized to make this option available to residents of Evanston and Wilmette.
Founding board members of two established villages – Beacon Hill in Boston and Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. – will be on hand to share their experience.
“We want our community to hear about how membership in a village can make the difference for those of us who want to stay in our own homes as we age,” said Libby Hill, conference chair and co-founder of North Shore Village. “This is an opportunity to hear about two villages that are up and running. We will also have ample time for small-group discussions about how a village like this can serve residents of Wilmette and Evanston.”
There is no fee for the community conversation, but pre-registration is required. Register by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 847-721-1413.