George O'Hare, 81, a retired Sears manager from Willowbrook, Ill., is seen at his home Wednesday, April 16, 2008. According to new eye-opening research, the happiest Americans are the oldest, and older adults are much more socially active than the stereotype of the lonely senior suggests. The research rings true for O'Hare, who is active with church, AARP and does motivational speaking. His wife is still living, and he's close to his three sons and four grandchildren. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Residents of east Lawrence are considering a proposal to build a special village for older adults.
The proposal from a nonprofit organization involves a village that would be run by its members, who pay an annual fee. Residents would have one number to call for services and programs, which would be provided by volunteers or at discounted prices.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/LC9TPg ) activities such as classes, trips and social gatherings also would be provided.
About 70 people attended a community meeting Thursday night to discuss the possibility.
Village to Village Network national director Judy Willett told the crowd that each village is different, and can range from 150 to 450 members. The average annual fee is $300 and most villages help low-income individuals with funding.