Seniors discuss housing, social issues at forum

A forum to discuss seniors housing and social issues in Sylvan Lake saw strong participation with about 35 seniors in attendance

A forum to discuss seniors housing and social issues in Sylvan Lake saw strong participation with about 35 seniors in attendance last Wednesday.

Participants broke into groups, and were joined by members of the Sylvan Lake Seniors Advisory Committee, to provide their thoughts on everything from resources available to seniors in Sylvan Lake to ideal living conditions.

The purpose of the forum was to gather feedback to be compiled into a report that will be distributed publicly among seniors groups and organizations around town.

Brittney Buehler, FCSS (Family and Community Support Services) seniors services co-ordinator and member of the advisory committee, said the forum proved hugely successful in that regard.

“It was a great turnout,” she said. “It was interesting to see their point of view.”

The idea came for the meeting resulted from a Sylvan Lake Lodge Foundation board retreat, where it was determined certain questions would need to be answered to assist with future planning.

Those questions were posed to the groups of seniors at last Wednesday’s forum, and produced useful feedback, according to Buehler.

“Everybody was sharing lots of great ideas,” she said.

Participants were asked what seniors’ services they were aware of in Sylvan Lake, what seniors services they would like to see in Sylvan Lake, and what type of housing they think the town needs.

“We wanted to hear what the seniors in Sylvan Lake had to say about housing and to see their awareness of different services that are available to them in Sylvan Lake,” said Buehler.

Responses were recorded, and will be integrated into the report, she added.

Increased recreational opportunities, providing more care for caregivers and having single-floor housing with the absence of stairs were among them.

Being close to shopping and transit were also important considerations for many in attendance, said Buehler.

Overall feedback provided throughout the evening was positive, she added.

“There were a lot of responses saying we don’t need to leave Sylvan Lake for anything, so that was good,” she said.

Future changes will make the town even more accommodating for seniors, she feels.

“With the Seniors Centre going into the Multiplex (NexSource Centre), next year and the year after will bring great changes for Sylvan Lake, and I think a lot of seniors will be even happier.”

 

 

Just Posted

Sylvan Lakers vote on Winter Village planters

There are two more days to vote in the planter parade

Dan Davidson up for five ACMA Awards

Davidson will head to Red Deer with Brett Kissel in the New Year

Photos: Grade Two class creates holiday scenes

Steffie Woima students worked on their Christmas tree projects Dec. 15

Christmas spirit alive at Steffie Woima

Students at Steffie Woima performed in Christmas concerts throughout the week

RCMP lay 34 charges in stolen vehicle operation

Red Deer RCMP arrest 13 people in four-day covert stolen vehicle operation last week

Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze

This is second death linked to the Thomas fire, northwest of Los Angeles

Missing Alberta man could be headed to Victoria

Police in Alberta say Vernon “Allan” Pickard has not been heard from since late November

Cineplex charges extra at some Star Wars screenings

Fans are getting a surprise twist at the box office with extra $1 charges for assigned seating

FCC votes along party lines to end ‘net neutrality’

Move rolls back restrictions that keep big providers from blocking services they don’t like

5-year anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting

When just saying ‘I’m from Newtown’ can be a cross to bear

Disney buying part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B deal

Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox for about $52.4 billion

Bountiful polygamist believed he couldn’t be prosecuted: lawyer

Winston Blackmore’s lawyer says Blackmore did not believe he could be prosecuted

Woman charged after altercation injured baby in Toronto

Charges have been laid after a four-month-old baby girl was critically injured in Toronto

Most Read