TEDxBoston 2012

Judy Willett

It Takes Villages

The rock'n’roll generation changes the tune of aging

Curator’s Pick: “Were they going to wait for the government to create a better way for them to age? Absolutely not.”

Ask anyone from the generation that brought us Woodstock, and 93% of them will answer that they want to live in their own homes for the rest of their lives. So, it makes sense that these baby boomers who also generated the civil rights, environmental, and women’s movements, have now created “Villages” – non-profits run by and for people 50+.

Hear how this common sense “neighbors helping neighbors” approach is revolutionizing aging, and how the Village movement could reduce Medicare costs, help elders get the most out of life, and offer concrete ways to stay in our homes and communities as we age.



Judith G. Willett is a seasoned professional with thirty years’ management, marketing, and administrative experience in elder services and related fields.  She was the Founding Director of Beacon Hill Village, a pioneering and nationally-renowned “aging in community” option that helps elders stay in their homes. Judy is currently the National Director of the “Village to Village Network” that services communities that are creating their own Villages all over the country. She was the President of Springhouse Retirement Community, Director of Newton Cooperative Living, Director of Marketing for Hearthstone Alzheimer’s Care, and has run many non-profit organizations and conferences that have offered elders creative housing options. Judy has an MA from Boston University’s School of Social Work in Administration and Planning, and a BS from the University of Michigan.

For more information, visit www.vtvnetwork.org and www.beaconhillvillage.org

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