Snow in Boston, Good Show in Austin

Snow in Boston, Good Show in Austin

Capital City Village members and friends were supposed to hear surgeon, professor, and author Atal Gawande on Monday, February

13, talk about his book Being Mortal. The occasion was a celebration of the 15 th anniversary of

the founding of the Village movement. The intended venue for the webinar broadcast was

Boston’s public library, but owing to a heavy snow storm, it was closed.

Word that the webinar was cancelled came early Monday, but Capital City Village and the

Jewish Community Center carried on because the room at the JCC was ready and Whole Foods

had donated refreshments. On with the show!

Thirty-four Villagers and guests showed up. After a brief socializing time, Executive Director

Tommi Ferguson called the gathering to order, and we took seats around several tables in the

meeting area. She asked founding member Mart Hoffman to tell a little of the history of the

Village idea. He recounted that it started with seniors in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of

Boston, and after the New York Times ran a story about it in 2006, his wife, Sue, visited the

Beacon Hill Village on a business trip. That trip planted the seed for Capital City Village.

“One call does it all,” said Mart. One call to the CCV office suffices for referrals, assistance, or

information. He told the group we offer educational programs, transportation to members who

don’t drive, and social activities.

“The secret sauce of the Village is social engagement,” he said. “Even as we age, we are making

new friends,” he added.

When he finished, Tommi asked the table groups to discuss the obstacles that people face as they

age. She asked that after about half an hour, each table would designate a spokesperson to

summarize what the group had discussed.

One after the other, our table scribes listed their group’s findings, and all placed transportation as

the number one challenge in the event a person can no longer drive. Stemming from that was

another observation, that those who have physical disabilities can face social isolation. Other

aging problems included managing a household, having fresh and interesting meals, fear of new

doctors, and the attachment to a long-time home for those considering down-sizing or moving to

a retirement community.

So, yes, we had a good time, covered important topics, and made some new friends.

Village Movement 15th Anniversary – Dr. Atul Gawande Live Webcast

Special Live Webcast featuring Dr. Atul Gawande (author of Being Mortal)Gawande_Being-Mortal
Watch Party & Reception – Monday, Feb. 13th

Presented by Capital City Village and Co-Sponsored by the Jewish Community Center Adult Programs Office, AustinUP, and Book People

“The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow Older”

The live webcast conversation and Q&A with Dr. Atul Gawande will be moderated by Robin Young, host of NPR’s Here & Now, and feature a discussion on aging, living life with purpose, and how we can transform the possibilities for the later chapters of everyone’s lives. The event will be simulcast live from Boston to more than 150 nonprofit village organizations across the country, including Capital City Village here in Austin. The event will be hosted by JCC in the Community Hall, 7300 Hart Ln., Austin 78731

  • 3:30 p.m.: Welcome
  • 4:00 p.m.: Live Webcast with Dr. Atul Gawande and NPR’s Robin Young
  • 5:00 p.m.: Reception with complimentary refreshments

Attendance limited. Register in advance: or 512-524-2709

Copies of Being Mortal available for purchase courtesy of Book People

Co-Sponsored by:
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