Edgewater Village

Do you know about the World Health Organization’s attempt to ensure a safe, healthy, active aging process for adults aged 60 and over? Do you know that Chicago is a part of this movement?

In the summer of 2012 Mayor Emanuel registered Chicago in WHO’s Age-Friendly Cities organization, and the City conducted a survey of older adults to assess their needs and desires. The vision for Chicago includes a senior village in every ward. However, the organization in formation on the north side currently includes residents of four wards (40, 48, 49, and 50). Though now known as Edgewater Village, it has been suggested the name be changed to be more inclusive; discussions are ongoing.

The Village is being set up and run by older adults (senior citizens, if you will, I personally dislike the term) who meet monthly to plan an organization that meets their needs and includes their interests.

Edgewater Village is concentrating on encouraging north side residents to engage with one another socially, and its Programming Committee is actively seeking members and ideas to accomplish this goal. Other committees in formation include Communications, Employment, Finance, Housing, Social Services, and Volunteers.

Edgewater Village is not an advocacy organization and has no political aims or affiliations.

The next general meeting will be held on February 22 at 1:00 p.m. The group meets at the Broadway Armory, 5917 North Broadway (at Thorndale). Meetings last about two hours.

Worth reading:
A short summary of WHO’s guidebook for age-friendly communities
The guidebook itself
The Executive Summary of Chicago’s survey
Chicago’s final report and program recommendations

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