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Aging Well



I read with interest your Nov. 6 article, "Sewing a Shroud," about Dr. Michael Fratkin's efforts to develop palliative care on the North Coast. As our local population of Baby Boomers ages we are all looking for better ways to maintain a good quality of life. That includes being able to age in our own homes and neighborhoods. The Senior Action Coalition (SAC) is working with the Area 1 Agency on Aging (A1AA) to explore the "Village" concept, an idea that supports people aging in place with just a little support from volunteers and vetted contractors. Not a physical place, a "Village" is a membership organization similar to one first started in the Beacon Hill area of Boston. SAC and A1AA are doing a series of Brown Bag Lunch presentations looking at the possibility of bringing a "Northcoast at Home" "Village" to Humboldt County. Scheduled through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute "Art of Living" series, the next meeting will be held on Dec. 3 from 12 to 1:30 pm at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center.

JoAnn Schuch, Arcata

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