Calgary – home for the young, healthy and wealthy

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.

2 comments

  • Janice Kayser

    By Janice Kayser

    Hi,

    If elected what will you do to enable the Calgary City Police to better respond to complaints whereby citizens have become victims of cyber criminals, who need to be tracked down and charged, convicted and punished? Currently the CCP has a we can’t do anything about it policy – no funding, no training, no mandate.

    The RCMP are useless when complaints by private citizens received, so that’s not a referral center for citizen taxpayers.

    The only organizations currently available in this country are data gathering centers exclusively, not action centers.

    Thanks

  • Diane Nickel

    By Diane Nickel

    As a senior with mobility issues, I am keenly interested in your approach to improving the housing options for myself and my peers. Where do we go when we can no longer manage the stairs in our houses, but can’t find accessible housing because we are NOT low income? How do we as a city plan for and meet future demands for accessible housing that would allow seniors or disabled persons to continue to live independently? As a middle income person who was caught in this dilemma, I can attest that there is very little available for my income bracket. I was extremely fortunate to find an open-market apartment that met my needs, and that was only after months of searching. I knew I was at risk for a serious injury because of the stairs in my bi-level duplex, and would have left it months earlier if I had found a place to go.

    Regards,
    Diane

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