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February 7, 2014 / Rebekah Seder, Editor

Senior villages throughout the region help older adults age in place

– The Greater Washington region is leading the country in the formation of senior villages – neighborhood-based grassroot networks that help older adults live at home by mobilizing volunteers to help with things like shopping, transportation, house repairs, and by connecting them with social and cultural activities. (WaPo, 2/7)

The Washington area may be particularly receptive to villages because it is a more transient place than many metropolitan areas, with close relatives often living far away, said Barbara Sullivan, Mount Vernon at Home’s executive director… But the concept also works particularly well here because the area attracts so many career government and nonprofit workers, said Andy Mollison, vice president of the Washington Area Villages Exchange and founder and former president of Palisades Village in the District.

“Washington has always been a hotbed of volunteer activity,” he said. “People who’ve been running things all their lives, whether it’s PTAs or local food drives.”

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia digs into some of the data and findings of their latest report, A Portrait of our Aging Population in Northern Virginia. (CFNoVA, 2/7)

WORKFORCE | On their blog, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation features a great infographic highlighting the significant wage disparity between traditional and nontraditional jobs for women. (WAWF, 2/6)

ARTS | In advance of their 40th anniversary celebration on March 17, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region featured a special blog post from Dana Tai Soon Burgess about how important the foundation and its donors’ support for local arts organizations has been over the years. (CFNCR, 2/6)

HOUSING | Fairfax County officials are looking at ways to assess fees on developers to create affordable housing close to transit stations. (Fairfax Times, 2/5)

HOMELESSNESS | Editorial: D.C. needs a plan to deal with homelessness (WaPo, 2/7)

EDUCATION | A Greater Greater Education contributor looks at how instituting “controlled choice zones” could lead to more socioeconomically diverse schools in D.C. (GGE, 2/5)

Here’s something cool for music and/or data lovers: Google created a fascinating interactive timeline showing the rise and fall of various musical genres, sub-genres, and individual artists since the 1950s.

– Rebekah

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