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Next Avenue is a website from PBS stations that inspires America’s 50+ generation to live the most meaningful, vibrant life possible. Their site features thousands of articles, videos and slideshows all designed to help you make the most of your life's second half.

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80 Over 80 Exhibition - Co-Sponsored by Marin Villages
Where: Bartolini Gallery, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael

80 Over 80 is a special exhibit that will feature 80 works of art by artists over the age of eighty. This juried show will be on view at the Bartolini Gallery at Marin Center from April 19 through June 1, 2018.

2018 Year of the Older Adult in Marin
 2018 is Marin Year of the Older Adult
On January 23, 2018, the Board of Supervisors approved a resolution proclaiming 2018 Year of the Older Adult in Marin kicking off a year-long celebration of the social, cultural and economic contributions of Marin's older adults as well as raising community awareness of the diverse needs of our aging population. Each month focuses on a topic of concern for seniors. We hope to encourage participation by providing more detailed information about these monthly activities.

March: Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement or Civic Participation is one of the eight measures or domains on which communities seeking Age-friendly designation are evaluated.  All eight domains contribute to the livability of a community. They are:

  1. Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
  2. Transportation
  3. Housing
  4. Social Participation
  5. Respect and Social Inclusion
  6. Civic Participation and Employment
  7. Communication and Information
  8. Community Health Services

Volunteerism is at the heart of civic engagement because it provides people of all ages, but especially seniors, with meaningful ways to stay connected as well as contribute to their community. Marin Villages is a logical partner for communities working to fulfill their Age-friendly status. In terms of Civic Engagement, local Villages can play a key role in recruiting and training volunteers to provide essential services to seniors.


The AARP Age-friendly website offers a range of resources on civic engagement. In addition, the Marin Commission on Aging website lists programs on this and other age-friendly topics.

Marin Villages is a natural partner in assisting communities achieve Age-Friendly goals such as improved personal mobility, safety from injury particularly in the home, and the provision of social, cultural and educational activities that bring people together. We are excited about this proclamation and will keep you informed of future events and activities.

Residential Housing Options Marin Villages hosted a workshop on Residential Housing Options for Seniors, featuring John Milford as the guest speaker.  Below are materials he referenced in his talk which are helpful to anyone considering other housing options:

Choices for Living 2018 (link)
Comprehensive housing resource guide, includes a listing of all older adult housing options, including independent, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, with a description of their services and fees.

Retirement Living: Comparison Matrix and Talk (link)
The above link gives you a wonderful comparison of the different residential living options.

Top 10 Questions when Selecting a Residential Facility (link)

Marin Villages is in the news!!!

Check out some recent (and not so recent) news articles mentioning Marin Villages, our members, volunteers, and the grassroots Village Movement that's changing the game for older adults all across America:

DIY Volunteersim Embraced by Marin's Seniors (Marin IJ)

Read the SFGATE's recent article on San Rafael Village volunteer Chrisula Asimos and her passion for classic cars, from January 5, 2017.
Click here to read.

Read Emily Lavin's (The Ark Newspaper) recent article discussing the spirit of volunteerism and Marin Villages, from December 28, 2016.
Click here to read page 1.
Click here to read page 2.

Dick Spotwood (Marin IJ) mentioned us in a recent article on Sunday, December 25.  
Click here to read.

We were on Channel 26, Marin TV!!  Check out the recent broadcast of Savvy Seniors, Episode 1401 on "Senior Housing in Marin".   Click here to see a Youtube version of the show.

Check out the recent article in the Marin IJ -  Click here to read the article

or if you'd like to see what the Pacific Sun is saying,  click here to read an article by Peter Seidman.

We were also mentioned in the 2013/2014 Marin County Civil Grand Jury Report - Aging in Marin: What’s the Plan?   In the report they commented that
"The Grand Jury sees great promise in the Villages concept. We hope that this type of grassroots project will prosper. We believe that the County and nonprofit agencies can find ways to partner with The Villages to help expand their reach."
To read the entire report, click here for pdf version or you can access it on the County of Marin's website at click here for link

The links below will bring you to some recent newscasts on Seniors helping Seniors:
Al Jezeera Aging in America:  Seniors helping Seniors

For articles about the Village Movement in the U.S., see the Village to Village Network Homepage - just click here