Through the generosity of the Saluda Community Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation, six Saluda Living in Place (SLIP) board members and two Advisory Council members attended the 2020 National Village to Village Virtual Conference, which was held online October 6, 13 and 20.
Over 600 volunteers and staff members from Villages all over the country were in attendance to hear from experts in innovative programming, technology and fundraising all focused on helping our neighbors stay in their homes as they age.
SLIP was one of the smallest, if not the smallest, villages to attend the conference, but all villages all have the same goal: changing the way we look at aging. SLIP attendees learned of new ways of delivering programs and services during Covid, and the need to educate our neighbors in technology – internet, FaceTime, Zoom – so that we can all participate in distance learning.
One of the most innovative programs was given by Meredith Oppenheim who started the online exercise program Vitality Society, which offers 20 different Zoom programs per week.
As a result of AARP’s HomeFit program presentation, SLIP’s Home Safety and Accessibility service will be enhanced. Through AARP SLIP will now provide additional information and suggestions on how to make your home safe and retrofitted.
The Village to Village Movement originated in Boston with Beacon Hill Village leading the way for a more economically efficient model for aging. The Village model helps seniors to age in a place of their choosing, connected to their communities with the support and tools they need to create successful aging of their own design. SLIP is a Village to Village member through the generosity of the Polk County Community Foundation.