The Sankofa Stories report is a project of Carlene Davis, Co-Founder of Sistahs Aging with Grace & Elegance and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader. This groundbreaking report provides insights into the perspectives and experiences of older Black women. It addresses social determinants of health that impact Black women’s aging journey. A goal of Sankofa Stories is to build Village Movement California’s capacity to engage and support Black women in Villages throughout the State of California.
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The California Master Plan for Aging has five bold goals. The third goal, Equity and Inclusion, Not Isolation, includes the objective “Promote and adapt village models of volunteerism and services to reflect the strengths of California’s diverse communities.” Village Movement California is leading efforts to fulfill the objective so that more older adults have access to our life affirming model of social care.
Discover all the ways you can collaborate with Village Movement California to build innovative, community-based solutions that empower older adults to remain in charge of their lives as they age.
Expanding the possibilities for aging well means engaging new partners. Villages provide critically important supports and services to help their members stay healthy and out of the hospital. When health care organizations and villages enter into mutually beneficial partnerships, members gain access to a wider array of services and support, and villages can prosper by attracting new supporters.
When villages join forces, their united voice becomes bigger and stronger. Villages and Age-Friendly Cities share a vision for creating a world in which we would like to grow older. The World Health Organization’s Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities now includes more than 540 communities across the world. Three of them are in the San Francisco Bay Area and home to thriving villages.
With 600 members and volunteers, Ashby Village is a warm, welcoming community, rooted in connection, social support and a spirit of resiliency. We draw strength from one another to live our lives with vitality and joy. Given our Berkeley roots, we are socially active, too, advocating for policies to make our city age-friendly.