Shaking up senior housing in Winnipeg

From CBC News, 11 March 2016:

Suek has transformed the three-storey house where she raised seven children and later ran a bed and breakfast into what she calls the Women’s Housing Initiative Manitoba. It’s an intentional community where women over 50 can live together, share everything and support one another as they grow older.

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Old people should live everywhere

From CBC News:

It sounds like a bit of an oxymoron: “Radical Resthomes.”

But that’s the theme that Janet Torge and her website have been expounding. Radically different from the stereotype.

Aren’t seniors’ residences boring places for bingo, movie afternoons and white bread sandwiches with the crusts cut off? Or worse, prisons for the incarcerated elderly?

Not in Torge’s world. For 30 years she has been imagining and re-imagining a different way of growing old.

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La RBQ conteste le projet Cohabitat devant les tribunaux

In Le Devoir, 19 February 2016:

Louangé par les élus municipaux, le complexe résidentiel Cohabitat est contesté devant les tribunaux par la Régie du bâtiment (RBQ). Le jugement qui doit être rendu dans cette cause pourrait sérieusement compromettre la réussite d’autres projets du genre.

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Radical Rest Homes: better ideas for an aging generation

During a lecture at the Atwater Library, dozens of senior citizens listened carefully as Montreal writer Janet Torge began to cite the statistics that could soon define the looming housing crisis that could threaten what used to be called ‘the golden years’ of an entire generation.

“Chronology is not biology,” she said. “At this point, and just as they should be getting ready to retire, a lot of people are working harder than they ever did before just to pay their bills.”

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Canada’s New Movement for Radical Rest Homes

With the latest report from Statistics Canada indicating that one in four citizens will be 65 or older by the year 2030, the subject of senior housing will become increasingly relevant for most families. A lot of those seniors are the same baby boomers that tackled societal issues and broke taboos in the “swingin‘ Sixties,” and this active, vital generation certainly does not intend to age conventionally, either. People are living longer than ever, and they want to continue to maintain a positive quality of life and a high degree of independence for as long as possible. Unfortunately, the traditional senior rest home model is one size that doesn’t necessarily fit all.

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