Housing Forum Hits Home for Edmonton’s Seniors

Posted on September 22 2015

September 22, 2015

A quarter of Edmonton’s population are now seniors aged 55+, and despite depictions of affluent retirees with a corner on the housing market, over 25% of our seniors live alone, fall into a low-income bracket, and are at risk. Even when seniors do have the necessary financial resources, system navigation and the complexities of moving can be huge barriers to making appropriate housing decisions.

When seniors make the decision to move from their homes - due to health deterioration, death of a spouse, loneliness, pressure from family, or because of financial concerns - their options are very limited. Many seniors cannot afford assisted living facilities, and there is a long waiting list for subsidized seniors’ housing. Seniors and caregivers can be overwhelmed by the options and systems related to seniors’ housing.

“People often tell us that they don’t know where to start,” says Kathleen Kelly, Housing and Assessment Coordinator at Sage. “The Housing Forum is a great time to start reflecting on how and where you want to age, and whether or not your current home can meet those goals. It can be an opportunity to discuss your hopes and plans with family, and learn more about the resources available to you.”

The Seniors’ Housing Forum is an opportunity for seniors, and their caregivers and families, to learn about the range of housing options and community resources available for older adults. More than 50 exhibitors representing a wide range of organizations and service providers will be on hand to provide information and answer questions, and information sessions and workshops will run throughout the day. This year’s topics include financial literacy as it relates to housing and wellbeing; housing and health supports for home living, supportive living, and facility living; dementia care and resources; caregiver support and family dynamics; transportation; and understanding your utility choices.

The forum, now in its ninth year, is free and open to everyone, and the stakeholders who host it are confident that they have done everything they can to meet the demand for housing information. And they are clearly hitting the mark - 2014’s attendance saw a 40% jump from the previous year’s event. Demand for the Housing Forum, like Edmonton’s senior population, continues to grow. Call 780-809-8604 to register. Complimentary lunch and refreshments are provided and free parking is available.

Seniors’ Housing Forum
Saturday, September 26, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre, 11113 113 Street

Contact: Karen McDonald, Assistant Executive Director, Sage.
Work: 780-701-9008         Cell: 780-222-7235

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