The local chapter of a national seniors' association knows there's going to be a need for more seniors housing in the years to come, and it's trying to do something about it now, by taking part in a program that will help to raise awareness of serniors housing.
The South Fraser chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) is one of the local groups working on a seniors' housing workshop for Nov. 23.
"Our mandate is to promote and protect the interests, rights, and quality of life for Canadians as we age," said local chair Teri McKenzie.
The proposed "Triple "A" Senior Housing Summit is co-sponsored by CARP Chapter 48, the Langley Seniors Community Action Table (LSCAT), and the Langley Senior Resources Society.
The event will focus on making sure there is local seniors housing that is appropriate, accessible, and affordable, and organizers say there is a crisis coming in seniors housing because of population changes.
"This kind of housing does not come about without a lot of forethought and planning," said Lynda Brummitt, with the LSCAT.
The workshop is at the seniors' centre and runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will include a seniors survey to identify needs and housing preferences.
There will be a follow-up session in the spring of 2014 to take the survey results and move forward. The organizers will create a report that contains concrete suggestions on how to deal with seniors housing currently and into the future.
The organizers were at the Langley City council meeting of Oct. 7 to ask for $1,000 to help cover the costs of the event. Acting Mayor Ted Schaffer said that the group had missed the City's July deadline to apply for a grant but noted there is a December deadline for grants for 2014.
CARP is a national non-partisan, nonprofit with members from 45 and up. It lobbies on issues affecting seniors, including financial security, equitable access to health care, and freedom from discrimination.
Oct. 1 was National Seniors' Day and the local chapter had its flag raised at Langley City hall to spotlight the day.
CARP members Louise Pollock, Patreace Starr and second vice president Petrina Arnason joined McKenzie for the flag raising. Langley City councillors Jack Arnold, Teri James, and Dave Hall, along with Morgan Paulgaard from MP Mark Warawa's office, were on hand.
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