NEWBURYPORT — Are you interested in staying in your own home as the years go by and you find yourself a bit more fragile? Would you like to help others do the same? The Greater Newburyport Village, or GNV, is a group that is forming to help older people stay in their own homes by organizing services, events and information.
The GNV is holding an organizational meeting tonight at 7 in the program room of the Newburyport Public Library. This is a public meeting for people who are interested in helping this still-forming organization. It provides a chance to join one of several working groups to organize events, publicity, fundraising or services.
The meeting is a follow-up to the information meeting held by the GNV in November.
“The Village concept is taking root all over the country, after starting in Boston, and there are now more than 100 of them,” said president Hugh Kelleher.
Each Village is a very local organization, formed by people in their own community, working to create a structure to help cope with the challenges of everyday life in later years. But all of them share an appreciation of the value of staying in a familiar place as they grow older, surrounded by people they know, and of meeting new people they will enjoy. And they are willing to help create an organization to help make this possible.
Villages help to ensure that, as people become less able to do everything around the house, there is somebody they can call for help. If they need the name of a good plumber, accountant or computer consultant, there is somebody to provide it. If they need to cope with the aftermath of a hospitalization, there is an associated home health organization they can make arrangements with.
If they’d like to go to a museum or concert, there is a congenial group of people to go with. Or if they would just like to sit down for a cup of coffee and some good conversation with a group, there is an easy and convenient way to do that.