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It Takes a Village: Seniors Thrive While Living at Home

Instead of moving into an assisted living facility, some retirees are discovering the benefits of community and how that can help them remain in their own homes.

Friday on "Nightly News" we continued our series called Trading Places, which features stories from the NBC News family, and how we help care for our aging parents.  Our latest story features Brian Williams' in-laws, who are part of a movement rejecting the idea of moving late in life to a retirement community or an assisted living facility.

Brian Williams talks about the benefits of the "staying put" program with his in-laws.

They are members of what's known as a "village." The idea behind the "village model," as it's called, is to make it possible for seniors to stay in their communities, even their homes, as long as possible.   

If you're interested in finding out if there's a village near you or if you'd like to join the village network, you can find further information at: http://www.vtvnetwork.org

And if you'd like to watch a previous Trading Places episode, we've posted Dr. Nancy Snyderman's story below:

NBC News's Chief Medical Editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, describes how she slowly began taking on more responsibility while helping care for her parents, and the difficult conversations that arise from end-of-life discussions