- Associated Press - Saturday, March 15, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Aging baby boomers want to stay in their own homes as long as possible and a way to do that, the so-called village concept, is catching on in South Carolina.

Virtual villages are associations set up to help members with everything from transportation and home repairs to social and cultural connections as they age.

There are about 120 now operating in the United States and three foreign countries. One is on Hilton Head Island while residents of Sun City just off the island are looking at starting one. And there’s a meeting in Charleston on Wednesday to discuss starting one there.

Experts say it’s less expensive for aging folks to live at home than in nursing homes. People living at home are often happier and live longer.

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