Late last year, several Saluda Living in Place members attended the national conference of the Village to Village Network. It was a great opportunity to learn of new information and resources to enhance the programs and services that SLIP provides to the local community.

As described in the November press release, over 600 representatives from Villages all over the country attended to hear from experts in innovative programming, technology and fundraising, all focused on helping our neighbors stay in their homes as they age. SLIP is looking into new ways of delivering programs and services during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the need to educate our neighbors in technology, so that we can all participate in virtual events until we can once again gather in person.

Among the information presented at the conference, the following two resources stood out as particularly beneficial to our Saluda neighbors.

AARP HomeFit Guide

In addition to AARP financial, health and personal benefits, AARP’s HomeFit Guide is an exceptional new resource featuring smart ways to make a home comfortable, safe and a great fit for older adults. SLIP board members have ordered a supply of this guide to share with our neighbors. This guide will be a useful tool in our Home Safety program, enhancing the program’s services with additional information and suggestions on how to make your home safe.

The Vitality Society™

One of the most innovative programs introduced at the conference was the Vitality Society, which offers virtual classes and other resources focusing on fitness, wellness and enrichment for those over 60. Programs are made available via the Zoom online meeting space in the convenience of your own home. For just $20 per month, members can access many different programs each week. In addition to exercise programs, members can enjoy offerings related to art, bird watching, travel, photography, and more. We encourage you to check out the program offerings and consider participating in the ones that interest you.

Attending the Village to Village conference was beneficial to SLIP’s mission by presenting important insight into various aspects of supporting the aging-in-place population. Stay tuned for more information on enhancements to SLIP’s programs and services as the SLIP board and committees solidify plans from ideas gained at the conference. Meanwhile, the Vitality Society and AARP, among other new resources, are now listed on the Resources page for your convenience.

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