Co-op members are getting older. Aging in place is the ability to continue to live in one’s own co-op home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, benefiting older members, their families and co-op communities.
As housing co-ops reach new age milestones so do co-op members.
As housing co-op members get older, they may face challenges that make it more difficult to continue to live safely in their units, to remain fully involved in their co-op communities and to know where to get support when they need it.
The benefits of aging in place are well-known, but co-ops may need help to support their valued aging members
Our Aging in Place Committee provides a focus for CHF BC's work in this area.
The Aging in Place Committee committee identifies ways CHF BC can help co-ops to adapt to the changing needs of their members as they age.
To get involved, or to send a message to the committee, please contact us a firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-879-5111 (toll-free 1-866-879-5111).
Are you eligible for our Century of Co-operation Award? Do you know someone who would be eligible for this honour?
CHF BC’s Aging in Place Committee initiated the Century of Co-operation Awards in 2016. Every year the committee welcomes new nominations and applications.
To qualify, you must be living in a CHF BC member housing co-op, and your age plus the length of time you have lived in co-op housing must add up to 100 years or more.
CHF BC traditionally recognizes the members on—or around—October 1st, in honour of National Seniors’ Day. To date we have recognized 374 members for this award.
2022 recipients were honoured at an award ceremony on September 29th. 2023 applications will open in July 2023.
CHF Canada’s Aging in Place Exchange Network is a new national online network that mobilizes a diverse range of co-op housing leaders with interest and expertise in aging in place including lived experience.
The network’s online platform is a place to share initiatives, knowledge, practices and experiences of aging in place among housing co-op members from regions across Canada.
The Exchange Network uses an online community platform. This platform helps interested co-operators connect with each other between network events to share information and experiences about aging in place in co-op housing communities. The network also hosts online events such as presentations, group discussions and workshops.
The Aging in Place Exchange Network is open to all members, directors and employees of CHF Canada’s members including housing co-operatives, regional federations and property management companies. The network is an invitation-only network. Anyone interested in joining the network must contact email@example.com.
The network is looking for members with:
Members of the Exchange Network are encouraged to mobilize their own local networks, share information, host and take part in official events or discussions and bring forward commitments and actions.
Here’s a “How to guide” to help you join and participate in the Aging in Place Exchange Network. To join and participate in the Aging in Place Exchange Network, CHF Canada asks you to read and agree to the Terms and Conditions.
Highlights from Rethink Aging: A Bold New Path to Life at Any Age with Dan Levitt on April 11, 2022.
In this presentation, guest speaker Dan Levitt takes a closer look at the opportunities that come with an aging population, combatting ageism and promoting healthy living. The audience explores the broader societal view: how we need to adapt our public policies, our institutions, our social structure, and our infrastructure to make these longer lives enriching and fulfilling.
This interactive talk lays out a framework for doing that, and inspires the audience with recent examples of age reimagined in Canada and around the world. Participants left the session with key takeaways, it’s not about aging, or adding years to the end of our lives, it’s about living – creating a bold new path to living your best life.
Many older co-op members understand they should prepare for their future in case of failing health. This is considered advance care planning.
Recording wishes and choosing advocates can be confusing and complicated, often resulting in the elder being unprepared for later medical events. Experts recommend writing down your wishes and choosing which legal documents you may need. Remember three key legal documents:
Often older adults or their caregivers find navigating our healthcare system difficult and confusing.
You can learn how to access home healthcare services through a case manager, or if in hospital, through a social worker. You can find more information about free and subsidized care services through the Health Authorities, the Better at Home program and the Choice in Supports for Independent Living (CSIL) option.
Tip: Be nice to your CM or social worker because you need their help. Be aware that they have very demanding case-loads.
Getting around, especially for seniors with health and mobility issues, can be a daunting challenge.
The provincially run Better at Home program offers subsidized driving and light housekeeping services. Those with incomes under $30,000 receive a pro-rated reduced rate.
Many BC communities offer a variety of seniors’ bus programs which are free or low-cost, as does TransLink BC with its HandyCard and TaxiSaver vouchers. For those undergoing cancer treatments, the Freemasons run a Cancer-Car program. Another door-to-door regional service is HandyDART.
If you or someone you know is driving and may be a danger to themselves or others, DriveABLE offers self-assessments and other advice.
Here are resources for seniors, including information from past workshops, that you may find interesting.
All links are PDFs
Some questions come up again and again:
How can seniors access information, home services, or financial assistance? What kinds of legal documents do seniors need? What are the alternatives to remaining in a co-op home?
For answers to these questions and others, take a look at our 10 Tips for Seniors sheet.