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.