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Celebrating Community And Choice In A Conversation With Dr. Atul Gawande


September 18, 2017

Time Llewellyn

Dr. Atul Gawande

Mountain Neighbors Network of Brevard has announced that renowned surgeon, public health researcher and writer Dr. Atul Gawande will be the guest speaker on Monday, Sept. 25 at the 15th Celebration of the founding of Beacon Hill Village and the subsequent Village Movement their innovative model inspired. The conversation, entitled "Being Mortal's Villages: The Value of Community and Choice as we Grow Older," will be moderated by Robin Young, host of NPR's Hear & Now, and feature a discussion on aging, living life with purpose, and how we can transform the possibilities for the later chapter's in everyone's lives.

Community and choice are concepts long-honored across the United States. They are also among the life altering concepts in Gawande's seminal book "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End," and the underlying principles of the Village Move-ment, whose found-ers were determined to remain in their own homes as they aged. The Village concept and Gawande's profound understanding of the importance of community and choice offer valuable insights and solutions for this challenge.

The Village Movement champions an alternative approach for adults as they grow older. Villages are unique in that they are created by and for older adults, empowering their members to make wise, safe and vibrant choices about how they wish to live.

Mountain Neighbors Network is Transylvania County's local village, a nonprofit volunteer-based member of the national Village-to-Village network, focused on providing a variety of services that address the social and physical needs of those who are 60 years of age and over so that they can live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. The organization's intent is to fill the gaps and not duplicate services that are already available from other Transylvania County service providers.

The event on Sept. 25 will begin at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd located at 22 Fisher Road in Brevard. It will be simulcast from Boston to more than 150 of the 350-plus Villages open and in development across the country, including Mountain Neighbors Network. All are welcome to join the free viewing party and reception.

For more information, contact Mountain Neigh-bors Network board chair Ed Hennig or executive director Donna Aiken-Colflesh at (828) 490-7390 or email


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