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Beacon Hill Village is an innovative nonprofit organisation created by and for local residents determined to grow old in familiar surroundings, and to make that possible for others.

Community-based models for aging in place designed by the people who use them are the wave of the future, experts say, an alternative to nursing homes and assisted living centers run by large service providers.

“I don’t want a so-called expert determining how I should be treated or what should be available to me,” said 72-year-old Susan McWhinney-Morse, one of the founders. “The thing I most cherish here is that it’s we, the older people, who are creating our own universe.”

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