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Arlene Adamson

CEO, Silvera for Seniors, non-profit org which provides homes to over 1500 lower-income seniors; Board, Alberta Seniors Communities and Housing Association

Arlene Adamson is the CEO of Silvera for Seniors, which provides safe and affordable accommodation and support services to over 1,600 lower-income Calgary seniors.
Older Adults Living on Low Incomes Need Housing

Older Adults Living on Low Incomes Need Housing Options

It was recently reported that Calgary has some of the most expensive seniors' housing in Canada, at $3,100 a month, some $1,000 over the national average. There's no doubt that the article has a point: we do need more affordable seniors' housing in this country.
10/23/2015 08:18 EDT
Canadian Seniors Deserve to

Canadian Seniors Deserve to "Age in the Right Place"

Those of us in the industry who are committed to providing quality seniors' housing and care -- many of whom also deal with the reality of aging parents -- believe that there is a long overdue conversation that Canadians should be having with their families.
06/11/2015 08:14 EDT
Don't Believe Media Hype - Seniors Are Not the Wealthy

Don't Believe Media Hype - Seniors Are Not the Wealthy Generation

Seniors ought to age in the community along with the rest of us, enabling socialization and access to resources that keep them mentally, physically, and most importantly, socially active. Bringing up the standard of the actual facilities that already exist would be a good place to start, but a longer term vision requires new models altogether.
10/16/2014 05:11 EDT
Natural Disasters and Seniors: How to Protect Older

Natural Disasters and Seniors: How to Protect Older Adults

Here are some of the lessons we learned from the Calgary flood, and a list of what seniors who live independently or in supported residences -- and the families and agencies who support them -- can do to better prepare for an emergency or disaster.
07/24/2013 05:17 EDT
Facebook Bigotry Reveals our Lack of Compassion for the

Facebook Bigotry Reveals our Lack of Compassion for the Elderly

"Anyone over age 69 should face a firing squad." This was just one of the many Facebook comments ridiculing the elderly cited in a recent Yale University study that reveals extensive bigotry and discrimination leveled at older adults on the popular social networking site.
04/23/2013 05:16 EDT
10 Ways to Help Seniors in

10 Ways to Help Seniors in 2013

Many of us set out our resolutions for the new year. But seniors often live in the moment, and so resolutions are less pressing for them. Instead of new year's resolutions for seniors, here's a list of top 10 resolutions for how we can help our senior population in 2013.
01/10/2013 12:15 EST
Santa, Don't Forget About Struggling

Santa, Don't Forget About Struggling Seniors

Santa is a senior. My guess is he never had a defined benefit pension and needs the extra cash. He knows that although Canada has made great strides in eliminating seniors' poverty, too many of our older adults still live a low-income lifestyle, especially in major urban centres where costs of living are high. This Christmas season, I urge you to remember and reach out to the elders in your life.
12/06/2012 05:19 EST
Looking Forward to a Nice Retirement Home? Don't Count on

Looking Forward to a Nice Retirement Home? Don't Count on It

Do we really need to worry about affordable seniors' housing, here, in Alberta, home of the highest household family income in the country? Many feel that baby boomers, especially in Alberta, are well prepared for retirement. Unfortunately, the evidence shows this is not the case.
08/16/2012 07:27 EDT
This Alberta Election, the Senior Vote Is

This Alberta Election, the Senior Vote Is Golden

Routinely, three out of four Alberta seniors can be counted on to vote in municipal, provincial and federal elections. Over the next 25 years, the population of Alberta seniors is set to double. In other words, the provincial election in Alberta will come down to seniors' issues.
04/18/2012 11:43 EDT