San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Older Canadians today tend to be healthier and more active than previous generations. They also have higher expectations for an active lifestyle that is redefining how we think about retirement. Today’s “seniors” want the ability to live independently and continue working if they choose to do so. They also demand greater mobility and aspire to meaningful social participation – wherever and however they reside. Although these factors are fueling a dynamic consumer market for a range of products, programs and services catering to people 55+, these trends are also putting pressure on designers of the built environment. To this end, the International Federation of Ageing (IFA) has launched a global competition to celebrate age-friendly communities as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) – places that work well for people of all ages. Central to this philosophy is universal or inclusive design, a concept long embraced by the creators of consumer products but still the exception among developers and builders. “Housing for Older Canadians” - a new 5 volume publication from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), seeks to accelerate adoption of these important principles. The spectrum of opportunity ranges from developments that help create amenity-rich, walkable neighbourhoods, to specialized “lifestyle” communities through to the practicalities of accommodating new standards for barrier-free design. Join us for a free-ranging exploration of this important topic.
Session chair: Steve Jacques, Regional Manager, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Keynote speaker: Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation of Ageing
Plus presentations and commentary from an expert panel:
- Ed Starr, MCIP, RPP and Christine Pacini, partners with SHS Consulting
- Neil Prashad, President, Origin Lifestyle Communities
- Geoff Fernie, Institute Director, Research, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
- Jan Richards, Project Manager, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University
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Canadian Urban Institute
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