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Creating a Supportive Community

By Barbara Madden
Posted: 03/22/2022



By: Barbara Madden - member since 2011


I learned about Pasadena Village just as its founding members were organizing. It sounded like something I had been looking for since reading about Boston’s Beacon Hill Village; an organization that I could involve myself in to help to navigate the unknowns of aging.


My family did not live in Southern California and, with retirement, the socialization with work colleagues quickly declined. I hoped to find a social community.


I found what I was looking for and more.


I found an energetic group of people on a mission to create a supportive community.


I found opportunity. Opportunity to use myself to make the Village work, to have value, to participate in developing valuable educational programs and new social activities.


I found that who and what you have been is less important than who you are now.


I found that the strength of the Village is that it is dependent on the creativity and investment of its members in developing and maintaining its programs; that the necessity of working together to create and maintain the Village creates the opportunity to know new people and to develop friendships.


I found a mutually supportive community of like-minded people who are invested creating a satisfying life and in giving support to each other through the joys and vicissitudes of latter life.



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