Village Featured in Sunday Chicago Tribune

Chris Sweda///The Chicago Tribune

September 18 | Featuring a beautiful photo of Village members Mel and Pam Washburn (by the Tribune’s Chris Sweda), a recent story in the Chicago Tribune discussed how older adults are using technology to thrive in their communities, and how the Village plays a part. The article begins:

“Mel Washburn is a former firefighter, professor and litigation attorney. Whether fighting fires in a building, a classroom or the courtroom, he realized once he retired that 90% of his social life had revolved around work.

“Washburn, 77, knew he needed to find a way to build a social network in retirement. Washburn also knew that he and his wife, Pam, 75, wanted to continue living independently in their own home.

“He quickly learned that technology could play a vital role in accomplishing both goals.

Early members of The Village Chicago, a membership-based organization whose purpose is to connect and improve the quality of life of Chicagoans over 50, the Washburns now socialize through both in-person and Zoom events. And they rely on technology to maintain a safe environment at home.”

Read the entire article, written by John W. Bateman, on the Tribune site.