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Building for an aging population

27 March 2017

Calgary project takes cues from Holland’s Dementia Village to target a growing demographic of seniors in cognitive decline

A Calgary a developer, a builder and a behavioural therapist have launched a three-way partnership to build housing projects in Calgary aimed at people with dementia, loosely based on Holland’s Dementia Village prototype.

Many Canadian developers are focused on adaptive housing and facilities to address the physical challenges associated with an aging population, but real estate agent and developer Sano Stante, builder Cory Krygier and behavioural therapist Twyla Hayes are preparing to launch Life House, a housing model for seniors affected by cognitive decline.

Housing options for Canada’s growing population of seniors have been on the agenda of developers for several years now. Currently, seniors account for 16 per cent of Canada’s population; it’s estimated that by 2027, that number will have risen to more than 20 per cent. It’s expected that retirement homes, assisted-living models and solutions for aging in place will all continue to be big business over the next decade.

Mr. Stante, Mr. Krygier and Ms. Hayes, with investment from Jovica Property Management, are currently renovating an inner city convent as a prototype for their business model. The new Life House is expected to open its doors in the fall.

“I work for a lot of assisted-living care providers who are always looking for two- or three-acre sites in the suburbs to build these huge 150-unit seniors centres,” says Mr. Stante, “but those sites are now in really short supply in Calgary. Cory and I had been talking about building inner-city housing for seniors for a while. We knew how to deliver the real estate side, but we didn’t know how to deliver the care aspect,” he explains.

For the full story, please visit The Glode and Mail

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