This Thursday, September 17, Patty Mercer, Director of The Athens Village, will be speaking at the Women’s Center about her role and the role of The Athens Village in the nation-wide effort to create healthy aging options for senior citizens.
The Athens Village is not a place, but a concept, helping members stay independent, healthy and secure in their home in their community, among friends and familiar places. They are organized and run entirely by and for citizens of Athens County, but
it is one of a growing number of such groups across the country with the common goal of enabling senior citizens to age well in their own homes.
As a music therapy major and someone who aspires to work with senior citizens, I can say that I believe in this concept so strongly. Independence and familiarity is so important for aging adults. So many men and women are still very capable of living on their own, in their home, in their community, yet they are forced to move to a facility just because they have a lack of family members, friends, or caretakers. There is no reason help should not be brought to them, where they are most comfortable, as opposed to making them go where help is, leaving everything they know and love.
I am quite interested in hearing Patty Mercer discuss what healthy aging means here in Athens, and I hope you will join us as well.
Brown Bag Lunch and Learn:
Healthy Aging: It Takes a Village
Thursday, September 17, at 12pm in Baker 403
Thanks for reading,
Ohio University Women’s Center Staff