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Network News September 2017: Welcome to Fall Village friends!

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Final Chances to Attend the 2017 NVG!

The 2017 National Village Gathering is a great place to connect with Village peers from across the country and learn of innovations happening throughout the Village Movement. There are already 350 attendees registered, so be sure to grab your spot before we fill up! Registration closes on October 16th. Click here to register today. We also have a special room block reserved at the conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor. Our block of rooms for $199/night are still available. Don't miss your opportunity for amazing views of the Inner Harbor and to stay right where the NVG is taking place all at a discounted rate. Click here to make your reservation today!

For our 2017 NVG, our planning committee decided to include a special spotlight on Regional Groups in Village to Village Network. This Spotlight Session focuses on collaborations that strengthen the Village concept and movement and that support aging in the community. The three participating organizations differ in scope and membership unit, but have in common the goal of strengthening, advocating and increasing the growth of Villages per se and of other options to support aging at home and/or in their communities. The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging includes grass roots and community based organizations that serve rural areas, the California Coalition is a state-wide organization and WAVE is a regional multi-jurisdictional coalition. Presentations about each organization’s purposes, experiences and challenges will be followed by a discussion about the advantages of collaborations for the organizations involved and for those they serve. Click here to visit the conference page and to check out the full agenda and session descriptions.

Thanks to our 2017 NVG Sponsors and Exhibitors!

“Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Irma and the devastation that emergencies like this can cause, it is a timely moment to remind everyone to make their emergency preparedness plans and to also share helpful resources. We extend support from Administration for Community Living (ACL) to plan, prepare, and recover from natural disasters.

Emergencies can happen anywhere and without warning, so with a little advance thinking and actions, people and their communities can be better ready to cope when a disaster occurs. Advanced preparation is especially important for older adults and people with disabilities because they may have additional needs to consider including medical issues, accessibility, transportation, and more.

The federal government has guidance and resources on emergency preparedness planning at Ready.gov, including information specifically for older adults and people with disabilities. For more tips and resources on emergency preparedness, read ACL's latest blog.

We have set up a separate fund to help Villages affected by the natural disasters in Houston and the Southeast. Please click below to help out fellow Network Members.

Village Anniversaries!

The following Villages have a Village Anniversary in September. Happy Anniversary Villages!

  • Mid Peninsula Village- 1 year
  • Monadnock- 7 years
  • The Athens Village- 8 years
  • Coastline Neighbors - just started this year
  • Manawatu Village, NZ- just started this year
  • Edgewater Village - 1 year
  • Tierrasanta Village of San Diego - 9 years
  • Cheverly Village - 1 year

Village Stories

Click Here to learn about Penn's Village Health Pals program. This program helps their members take notes, navigate the health system, and remind them of the questions they planned to ask. It always helps to have another set of ears and eyes at the doctor. Read up to see if your Village is ready to implement a Health Pals program!

Penn's Village member with their Health Pal

We are so excited for this event for Village to Village Network Members! Click Here for more info. See you on Monday!

Last month a Village member expressed concern with an image in our last newsletter. We honestly overlooked the fact that the gentleman in the photo had a pipe in his mouth. The image was selected from available stock photos and was in no way meant to show support for the dangerous and deadly habit of smoking. We will try harder in the future to scrutinize the details of photos we use in our newsletter and we offer a sincere apology to anyone who might have taken offense.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that:

  • Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or 1 of every 5 deaths.
  • In 2015, about 15 of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (15.1%) currently smoked cigarettes. This means an estimated 36.5 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. More than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease.
  • 17 of every 100 adults aged 45-64 years (17%) smoke.
  • More than 8 of every 100 adults aged 65 years and older (8.4%) smoke.

The CDC website has a lot of information to help you quit smoking. Check it out here: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/how_to_quit/index.htm

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