A elder couple down the street let me use that phrase – they love their city and where they live, but started to notice how much different the city was for them as they got more senior.
It’s hard not to recognize that due to the extreme rate that our city has grown (especially of late), that some things were not accounted for – an aging population is one such detail. We’ve made neighborhoods that were appropriate for new families and working types, but failed in our designs to think “once this population gets older, where will they live and play?”.
One thing I’ve learned, is seniors for the most part want to stay in their communities, and bully for those who do – we haven’t made it easy. Housing types don’t have a great deal of variety – sure we have lots of single family but choices to downsize a little and stay in your community don’t abound.
The other part of the comment – just as poignant – what about how pricey things have become, and what provisions do our communities have for those who’s health might challenge day to day activities. To change what exists today to a more diverse set of options with greater accessibility, is a huge challenge. Most local builds organically evolve with demand as developers respond to “normal” economics – when the last time Calgary has had “normal” economics?
We have to take a forward thinking posture and plan for the future Calgary that includes all demographic types – if we don’t, that phrase will continue to be our norm.