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Report: Housing Highlighted as Biggest Problem for Seniors in RMWB

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Report: Housing Highlighted as Biggest Problem for Seniors in RMWB

Seniors at Rotary House Lodge // Jaryn Vecchio - Harvard Broadcasting

The Advisory Committee on Aging is releasing the details of its report accessing the conditions for seniors in the region.

Back in June, they started their “Needs Assessment” looking at how age friendly our region is in the “Eight Domains of Community Life” which includes transportation, social participation, outdoor spaces and buildings.

For both urban and rural, housing was defined as the biggest issue.

“Both by fact and intuitively we’ve known that for quite some time,” said Linda Mywaart, ACoA Committee Chair.

She adds construction on the Willow Square Continuing Care and Aging in Place Facilities will “alleviate a portion” of the concerns with housing.

“It doesn’t completely eliminate it, it will still be us to dig a little bit deeper into the facts, particularly in the rural areas to see what strategies we might be able to develop.”

The three biggest concerns in the urban area were housing, civic participation and employment, and communication, while, in the rural areas, community support and health services, as well as social participation rounded out the top along with housing.

Mywaart tells Mix News she was a little surprised transportation wasn’t higher.

“It was mentioned throughout so even when folks didn’t list one of the other domains as a need – they often had a comment with in that domain about transportation so it certainly reminds us go to back and take a look at those comments.”

She notes the next step is to take this to the newly elected council – looking to gain their support in improving all these services.

Meanwhile, around 400 individuals and community groups were surveyed with around 90 per cent living in the rural communities and 76 per cent over the age of 50.

People can review the full report at rmwb.ca.

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