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Letter: Different villages

February 23, 2013

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To the editor:

It is exciting to see the interest in attracting and retaining retirees/seniors to Lawrence. This is a diverse community requiring multiple ways to meet the needs of folks currently living in Lawrence and wanting to remain here, as well as attracting new residents. Eastside Village Lawrence and Campus Village are two models designed to do just that. This letter gives a brief description of Eastside Village and its goals. It is hoped that Dennis Domer, who has been so supportive of our efforts, will be able to give more information about the Campus Village, the proposed intergenerational development that recently received some city funding, so Journal-World readers have a clear picture of each model.

Eastside Village’s mission is to enable seniors on the east side of Lawrence, including North Lawrence, to live safe, happy and full lives in their current homes. We will do this by becoming a one-stop referral service connecting seniors with reliable, low-cost, vetted service providers to supply transportation, home maintenance, technical support, social and cultural activities, and the companionship seniors need to live independently.

We are a group of working and retired professionals committed to bringing the nonprofit Village concept to Lawrence and appreciate the support received from many individuals and organizations. We welcome volunteers and supporters from any part of the city and hope there will be groups in other parts of the city wanting to start their own Village so we can work together. Additional information is available at eastsidevillagelawrence.org.

Comments

Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

Excellent scenario for seniors. Living at home is preferable to a retired center and a whole lot less expensive.

Why do seniors get ripped when time to retire? Babcock Place is a sensible place to live.

Abdu Omar 1 year, 10 months ago

Babcock Place only had 120 rooms and they are always filled or given to the next person on the very long waiting list. We need to build other facilities and maintain them, but they are expensive and puts a great strain on the Housing Authority. If they are built, they should be private organizations and costs must be kept low for the residents. Is that possible?

Ken Lassman 1 year, 10 months ago

I think that this LTE points in a much more fiscally responsible, efficient solution that virtually every one would prefer to building new centralized living facilities: reinforce the neighborhood supports so that as people age, they are supported in their homes and remain connected to their neighbors and peers that they know well. While this could cost some real money and even some staff, it would be a fraction of what a new centralized facility would cost, private or public.

Best of luck in developing and expanding this village concept!

Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

Babcock Place does this type of situation very well and is an extraordinary place to live. I know you will find happy tenants and staff. Rates here are certainly within reality. Staff is excellent. Babcock Place is a friendly village.

I will never be convinced that private industry can do it better. Government is not necessarily evil.

David Reynolds 1 year, 9 months ago

Why is it when Lawrence discusses seniors it is only about those that are house bound or in need of help. To me this wrongfully distorts the view of who seniors are, what they do, what they want out of life & the many ways they continue to contribute to society. Certainly there is a need to help those needing it. But no more so than any other person needing help.

Lawrence does not seem to have an appreciation for the "Active 55+" senior citizen.

If Lawrence really wants to attract seniors to Lawrence, they need to understand this latter demographic and provide what they are looking for. They go south not just for the weather. They go there for the life style which Lawrence never mentions.

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