With the Creating Homes For Life Seminar just around the corner – this Saturday February 25th from 9am -12pm at the Chestermere Recreation Centre – we thought we would bring you an article featured in the Chestemere Anchor that one of our esteemed colleagues wrote in regards to the topic at hand – Aging In Place. Patricia Virk, Mortgage Specialist with BMO, provided an interesting perspective on the value of providing seniors with Aging In Place solutions.
For local seniors who are concerned about how long they will be able to remain living comfortably in their own homes, or for those who might want more information for relatives in these situations, an “Aging in Place” seminar will be hosted in Chestermere at the end of the month.
BMO Mortgage Specialist and local resident Patricia Virk, said that it is beneficial that this seminar is making a stop in Chestermere. “Over the past few years I have witnessed several families sending their aging parents to Calgary to move to an assisted living facility,” she said. “They have to downsize out of Chestermere due to the lack of senior friendly homes, their health deteriorating, to be close to medical facilities, because they have lost a spouse or just because of their desire to downsize.”
“Either way, our seniors are moving out of Chestermere because their homes are no longer suited to their physical needs, or they need assistance that they just cannot find here.”
Virk said that because a medical centre is on the way, Chestermere seniors will hopefully find it easier to meet their medical needs while maintaining their residence in the community.
“So that leaves the question of housing,” she said. “For many baby boomers, we have seen them tear down homes and build a new home which is more suited to their needs either on the same lot or in the same neighborhood.”
“We have also seen homes all over Chestermere being customized and renovated. These are excellent options to keep our seniors in our community and continue to Age in Place.”
Virk has collaborated with Marianne Rogerson, Chair of Studies in Aging at Mount Royal University, Renovator/Builder Paul Klassen of Pinnacle Group and Kathy Yuen, Architect and Owner of Phase One Design to put together a seminar to provide information to local seniors about how to Age in Place in Chestermere.
It will be hosted by the Whitecappers on Feb. 25th from 9 a.m. until noon. The seminar is open to anyone looking to renovate their home or to build a new one, and covers everything from the building process to “aging in place” renovation ideas to help keep seniors in their current homes.
“Keeping our elders close by ensures our future generations lives are enriched by having their grandparents as an active part of their lives,” Virk said. “To my generation it often means more than having an emergency babysitter for the kids or a short drive if Mom and Dad need some help shovelling the walk; it means having their guidance and wisdom close by; having a family dinner more often than just on holidays, and ensuring future generations are enriched by their stories and experiences.”
“There is no need to have to move away from family and neighbours they have known for years, as a few custom renovations can allow seniors to age gracefully in Chestermere, where they have lived and flourished for years.”
For more information on the seminar visit: www.creatinghomesforlife.com and RSVP for the event!