Edmontonians over the age of 50 make up ~30 percent of Ward 10’s population. This is a high number of people, particularly when considering Edmonton’s relatively young average age. Because of this, we need to ensure that Ward 10 is a great place for seniors to live and remains a place where people can “age in place.”
A Better Plan For Seniors will emphasize pedestrian safety as it relates to seniors, Seniors Housing, like in Keheewin or Blue Quill, and a vibrant Seniors Centre for the southwest Edmonton.
Pedestrian safety is paramount for seniors who wish to age in place and enjoy their communities. With limited mobility affecting many senior citizens, ensuring the safety of our sidewalks and parks is critical, particularly as walking serves as a primary form of exercise for many seniors. Last term, I initiated a pilot project around Pleasantview Place and Good Shepherds, which are two of the largest seniors’ residences in Ward 10. This project reviewed and improved the infrastructure around these two facilities by fixing cracked sidewalks, painting new crosswalks, and increase the amount of time seniors have to cross the road at signalized intersections. In the next term, I will aim to expand this approach to all seniors facilities in Ward 10, and will look to improve the sidewalks in neighbourhoods that are experiencing significant issues related to poor conditions.
Seniors housing has been a focus of mine over my last four years on Council. Many of the seniors that I have spoken with have chosen to stay in their current homes not because they do not want to part with their property, but rather they do not want to leave their neighbourhood. There is land for seniors housing in South Edmonton. We need to keep working with the provincial and federal governments and the private sector to build this housing to meet this growing demand.
SOUTHWEST EDMONTON SENIORS FACILITY
The Southwest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA) is a strong voice for seniors (anyone over 55) in our City and has been pivotal in providing community for senior citizens. Working with SWESA, I would like to see the establishment of a Southwest Seniors Centre. A Centre would provide a common place for seniors to come together in community not to mention the opportunities it would provide for SWESA to expand and serve more of our growing senior population.