Are You Ready to Make a Change? 5 Resources to Get You Started

You’re here because you want to make a change. You may be concerned about your options as you age or about having the right support network in place. It won’t be easy but the rewards are exponential. There is no time like the present to start shaping your future.

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At Women for Living in Community we’re working towards a change ourselves which will be unveiled overtime here at the blog or in our social media campaigns. I can’t say much yet but I can tell you that we want to focus on providing resources to help you create community that can be transformative and supportive as your life evolves with age.

To start, we wanted to offer some resources that we already know and love.

  1. Boomerly: It’s not a dating site, unless you want it to be. Boomerly is an online networking site to connect with like-minded adults from our generation in your area or across the country. I am often asked how people can meet others in their community interested in changing the dynamic of aging together. Here is a great resource that I can’t recommend highly enough.
  2. Beacon Hill Village: This community, located in Boston, is an extensive example of what aging together can look like. It has existed in its current form since 2002 and has over 400 members. From their website: “We wanted more freedom and control than we found in models that focus on single issues, such as housing, medical care, or social activities. We wanted to be active, taking care of ourselves and each other rather than being ‘taken care of’.” Considered the start of the Village to Village movement.
  3. Coliving.org: This website offers the ability to connect with other people, list your house if you’re part of a community, and provides a basic manifesto that can act as a mission statement for creating community on your own.
  4. The Blueprint of We: I have been a proud supporter and promotor of this tool for as long as I have known about it. It can’t be overstated how much this resource can help individuals come together cohesively and cooperatively. The service can be used by couple, businesses, and, of course, communities.
  5. Your Quest for Home: And I can’t create a list of resources without including the guidebook that I wrote when I realized there were so few practical resources.  Having lived it, I wanted to share it. Your Quest for Home provides exercises that you can pursue on your own or with a group of friends to help you better understand your own motivations for creating community. It is a great first step for this journey.

You can find all of these resources and more on our website.

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Comments

  1. Mary Campbell says:

    I’m more than ready for a change. I’ve moved twice within my senior residence because of drug use and now noise pollution. I am studious, quiet, able & willing to help others. Can you help me?

  2. I thought moving into an independent senior living community was the answer for me but it couldn’t be further from the truth. This is a golden girl palace consisting of 176 apts. We know each other, go about our business and then go back behind our closed doors.Boring.
    I would move again if I thought I could really get into Shared Community Housing.

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