Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

Silver foxes spotted in Silver Heights

  • Print

A 2008 University of Winnipeg study called Aging Suburban Neighbourhoods (ASN) —which took into account the average age of houses/dwellings and the average age of the citizens — squarely situated the community of Silver Heights in the ‘aging’ category.

While I try not to take a personal offense (I prefer to say I am getting ‘older’, not ‘old’), I do know the truth behind the statement. 

Baby-boomers are no longer busy watching over their children and have taken on the new roles of taking care of their parents, ensuring they have a place to live that suits their older lifestyle needs. "Coming full-circle" is a term I hear often.

I am very fortunate to still have both my parents and they  still live in their split-level home with lots of stairs. We are now beginning the lovely process of seeing what else is out there in terms of living accommodations.

Not so easy when they have a small dog.

Apartments rarely allow pets and the vacancy rate in our area is quite low — which may be due to all the apartments turning into condominiums. Doing the homework for my family has opened my eyes to all the new construction and development in our area.

Lots of action is happening on the grounds of the former Silver Heights Collegiate.

And it appears that "55+ living" is the new catch-phrase for residences at which one leaves the work of a house behind in exchange for low-maintenance, less stressful, neighbour-friendly new digs.

St. James Kiwanis Village on Bruce Avenue (across from Golden Gate Middle School) is in the process of building a four-storey Assisted Living 55+ facility scheduled to be up and running by May/June 2014. With fifty-four units housing approximately 108 residents, they feel they are fitting the needs our community.

And don’t get me started on Sturgeon Creek I and Sturgeon Creek II...  Those buildings are so beautiful I asked if I could move in now.

So even if Silver Heights is described as an Aging Suburban Neighbourhood, we should also be recognized as a great place to live — whether you’re in a house, an apartment, a condominium or in ‘55+ living’.

Virginia Sperl is a Silver Heights-based writer.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Fall Arts Guide

We preview what’s new and what’s coming up in Winnipeg’s new arts season

View our Fall Arts Guide

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

We’re experiencing a warm fall so far. Are you enjoying the higher temperatures?

View Results