Meeting set for people who want to create 'village' program to help Whatcom seniors


BELLINGHAM - A public gathering will be held April 7 for people interested in helping to start a "Whatcom villages" program to help local seniors "age in place."

The meeting will start at 4 p.m. at Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. A 20-minute orientation about the concept will be followed by discussion on how a village program would work best in Whatcom County.

While details vary across the country, senior village programs often provide help with transportation, household chores and other aspects of daily life to help seniors who want to stay in their home as long as possible rather than move into a care facility.

The programs also can offer educational, travel and social opportunities for members, and maintain lists of businesses and professionals members might hire for jobs that volunteers can't do.

For details or to help, call 360-671-0248 or e-mail to

Reach Dean Kahn at 360-715-229 or .

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