Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Perimeter North Village plans to assist Dunwoody area residents to age in place - Meeting Sunday March 1st at 3:30 pm

I received an invitation from a new Dunwoody based non-profit by the name Perimeter North Villages which will be focusing towards assisting senior citizens to remain in their home.  They will be holding an initial meeting on Sunday, March 1 at 3:30 pm at 4360 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Suite 320, (just inside Perimeter), Atlanta 30341 to discuss their programs.   Based on everything I read and saw, I thought that this was worth sharing with my readers.


Perimeter North Villages
Mary Louise Connor, Executive Director
5054 Nandina Lane
Dunwoody, GA 30338
pnvillages@gmail.com  470-223-2768

It Started with an Idea In 2013, some Sunday School class members were concerned that people their class were having to leave their friends and their church when they moved into a retirement community or into assisted living. The class members thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could provide the services so that our friends to stay in their own homes as long as possible?” So members began researching different options, and they found the “village movement” as a way let their friends stay independent and connected.

What's a "Village" ?

A “village” is a network of friends and neighbors connected through a computer program that simplifies communication and organization to help our older adults to meet their goal of remaining safely in their homes. The needs are met through a mix of volunteers and carefully selected vendors within the community. The “village” is built using people-hours rather than bricks and mortar.

The first village was started in 2001 on Boston’s Beacon Hill by a group of friends who wanted to age in place in the neighborhood they loved but recognized that they might need support to do that. What started with a group of Boston residents has evolved into a national movement with its own village-to-village network. There are now over 120 villages around the country, each independent, each controlled by their own members, each providing services unique to their situation.

What’s Perimeter North Villages? Perimeter North Villages was formed in August 2014 and will open in April 2015. We have a grant from the Georgia Division of Aging to get us started. We cover five cities: Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody, and Sandy Springs. PNV is a non-profit organization with a paid full-time executive director. Our office is at 5054 Nandina Lane, Dunwoody, GA 30338 and our phone number is 470-223-2768. Our email is pnvillages@gmail.com. We would love for you to join us, as a member, volunteer and/or service-provider!

Membership Organization We are a membership organization for seniors age 50 or better
Living in Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody, or Sandy Springs.
Join with individual or household annual memberships
$400 per year for an individual
$200 per year for each additional member of the household
Limited number of scholarships are available

Supported by Volunteers Free member services are supported by volunteers
Volunteers are screened and trained
Our goal is a rewarding experience for our volunteers
Contact us at pnvillages@gmail.com if you would like to be a volunteer

Services by Selected Professionals Fee-for-service professionals provide services not available from volunteers
Vendors are screened and complete a background check
Many vendors provide a discounted fee to members
Contact us pnvillages@gmail.com if you would like to be fee-for-service provider

How does it all work The PNV office acts as a coordinator for member requests and activities information. Members can make requests through the PNV web page or by phone. The office will organize a way to meet the request using volunteers or service providers and will contact the member with details on the filled request. The PNV web page also is a bulletin board of available activities. Members can sign up for PNV activities through the PNV web page or by phone. Activities sponsored by other organizations will be listed and a link will be there to directly to the sponsoring organization where the member can sign up.

Links to Additional Information
An AARP fact sheet on Aging in Place:

An AARP story on livable communities

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