Beacon Hill to Talbot County: A Needed Village for Those Wanting to Age in Place

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One of the unique shared experiences for those who helped start the Talbot Village Connections (TVC), or became a founding member, was learning about an experiment in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston in 2002 at almost the same time.

For TCV president, Lee Newcomb, it was an NBC News special, for Marion Donahue, vice president, and a founding member, Shirley Sallet, it was an ongoing series in the Boston Globe, but the net effect on all three was being intrigued by this revolutionary new program to help seniors age in place.

The idea was surprisingly simple. A core group of members and volunteers created a collective with modest dues to provide services or share resources aimed at those over 65 years old. From handyman jobs to connecting Roku streaming boxes, offering rides for doctor appointments, or provide healthy social opportunities, the Beacon Hill project made it easier for members to stay in their homes for as long as possible.

With Lee seeing this as a volunteer extension to her work with Talbot County’s Department of Social Services. and Marion a great link to her former career as a nurse, the two helped form the Talbot Village Connections in 2014 to try and replicate the Beacon Hill model for the County’s large senior population.

The Spy sat down with all three women a few weeks ago to talk about Talbot Village Connections, and understand the goals and mission of this new approach to senior living.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. Talbot Village Connections will be having a Meet and Greet and  on Tuesday, March 27 at 2 PM – 7121 Station Road, Newcomb. RSVP to Suzanne Fino Carley – 410-829-3678. For more information on Talbot Village Connections please go here

 

 

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