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Network News March 2018

STL Village is there for members whenever needed

A couple who are STL Village members moved to St. Louis when the wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The husband is the primary caregiver for the wife. The couple have no children and no relatives in the state.

Last year the husband was diagnosed with colon cancer. Several weeks ago, he was required to be hospitalized which left the wife home alone.

STL Village is his primary emergency contact and upon learning that the wife was home alone, several Village members (who are neighbors) assisted her with friendly visits and transportation to the hospital. The husband called STL Village after he had been discharged from the hospital and said that he needed some items from the grocery store (including his prescription for pain medication).

It was on a Saturday, but someone agreed to go. The volunteer went to the house and picked up their grocery list. The wife and volunteer went to the grocery store and got the needed items.

The peace-of-mind of knowing that your Village is there for you when you need someone is priceless. This couple from St. Louis might have faced some tough decisions had their Village not stepped in to get them through this rough time.

STL Village volunteers are available to provide many services, including rides to the store, to the doctor or wherever. Transportation is one of the most important services that Villages provide members, allowing for more independence and peace of mind for those who no longer drive.

You can MAKE IT POSSIBLE for older adults to remain in their own homes by supporting Village to Village Network, which is the sole organization helping Villages develop and prosper.

Your gift makes it possible for VtV Network to provide expert guidance for Villages both new and established, and for our advocacy work in growing the Village Movement across the United States.

By clicking on the button below, you are saying "YES, I want the Village Movement to remain a viable option for adults as they age and I want to chip in a little bit."

National Village Gathering Registration NOW OPEN!

This year, we are excited to hold our 10th Annual National Village Gathering! This year's conference will be held in San Diego, CA on October 8-10 and we hope that you can join us.

As you know, the NVG is the premier event that brings together Village peers from across the country to share stories, learn best practices and make lasting connections. It's a great opportunity no matter what stage your Village is, all the way from just hearing about the Village model to a well established Village!

As we focus on our 2018 theme, Models for Living: Today and Tomorrow, we recognize that it is a critical time to join together to empower each other and push the Village Movement forward.

Click the button below to learn more about this year's conference and to register.

Check the NVG page often as we will update with more information as the conference gets closer.

Village Anniversaries!

VtV Network and Village Movement featured on GIA website

Village to Village Network and the Village Movement itself are now featured on the Grantmakers In Aging website. Grantmakers In Aging is a membership organization that is a national catalyst for philanthropy, with a dedication to improving the experience of aging.

While GIA does not award grants, it connects members to key people, high quality resources and state-of-the-art ideas about aging. GIA promotes grantmaking for issues that affect older adults and is the only international professional organization active in the field.

Check out the GIA page for the Village Movement!

SilverBills, it's not a Christmas song

We recently learned about an interesting company at the Aging 2.0 Optimize Conference in San Francisco: SilverBills.com. SilverBills is one of the five Global Finalists in Aging 2.0’s 2017 Global Startup Competition.

SilverBills aligns with our mission of helping people remain in their homes and independent in their communities. SilverBills is a fully-insured technology company that receives and scrutinizes clients’ bills and ensures that they are paid correctly and on-time. Clients no longer need to open envelopes, write checks or remember when bills are due.

SilverBills charges a reasonable flat monthly fee, is fully insured, guaranties correct payment of all bills and can be cancelled at any time. In addition, clients do not need to operate a computer in order to benefit from the services of SilverBills.

Marci Lobel-Esrig, founder and general counsel of SilverBills, described the situation of one of SilverBills’ clients who has macular degeneration and is unable to read her bills or write checks. But for her visual acuity issues, she is perfectly able to age in her home. She has no children and a niece who lives hundreds of miles away. By working with SilverBills and outsourcing the job of bill paying, the client has been able to live in her home for much longer than she would have without these services.

Another example of how SilverBills has helped a client age at home is the case of a snowbird. Before enrolling with SilverBills, this gentleman was missing payments because of the difficulty of managing bills from two households. Now, he is able to relax at home without worrying about missing a payment.

As a special incentive, SilverBills is offering Village members a free month of services. Call (866) 653-4427 for more details and mention the “Village to Village offer” to receive a free month of services. Also, you may contact Marci directly with questions or to set up a call to discuss the services of SilverBills in more detail: mlesrig@silverbills.com. The website also has a lot of useful information: www.SilverBills.com. SilverBills is also an approved community provider for one of our Villages, Gramatan Village, in Broxville, New York.

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