It has been a huge undertaking but they are ready to go, says Marilyn Fischer, co-chair/coordinator of Triple A Senior Housing.
Affordable and innovative housing solutions will be the main topics of discussions at a two-day summit in Langley later this month.
“Acting Now: Housing For Our Aging Population” will explore needs, options and local solutions to affordable, accessible and appropriate housing for seniors. The summit will feature a number of speakers, discussion groups and recommendations for action.
The senior housing summit will now take place at Newlands Golf and Country Club in Langley on Thursday, September 25 (8:30-3:30) and Friday, Sept. 26 (8:30-1:00). The event will also feature the release of the results of a housing survey conducted earlier this year by Triple A Senior Housing.
Keynote speakers include Noha Sedky, of CitySpaces Consulting, on “Age Friendly Communities and Housing for Older Adults” and Lorraine Copas, executive director of the Social Planning and Research Council of BC. A number of civic planners and representatives of housing agencies will also be part of panel discussions.
Summit organizers are hoping to attract a mix of older adults, nearly seniors, family and caregivers, community service organizations, government officials, developers and builders, as well as representatives of financial institutions.
Registration is now available online at www.tripleaseniorhousinglangley.ca or contact Marilyn at 778.878.5369.
Active seniors will also be in the spotlight early in the month as Langley hosts the 2014 B.C. Seniors Games from September 9 to 13. Volunteers are still needed to help host the thousands of athletes, aged 55 plus, who will be competing at the various venues in quite a variety of sports.
The B.C. Seniors Games began in Vernon in 1989 with just 650 people participating. Last year in Kamloops there were thousands competing, with Fraser Valley athletes winning a total of 403 medals. Will they top that?
Here’s your chance to vote for the New 7 Wonders Cities of the World. There are now 21 entries in the second elimination round. Voting continues until October 7. The top places selected by the public will move to the third round of voting (Oct. 7 to Dec. 7).
This campaign is a project of the New7Wonders Foundation, an organization looking to promote the beauty of this world as well as respect for cultural diversity. To vote online, log on to the New7Wonders website at www.new7wonders.com/en/cities.
Among the finalists is the City of Vigan, in Ilocus Sur in the northern Philippines. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for the preservation of its Spanish-era architecture.
“About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.” Gloria Pitzer