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Westman Village

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Westman Village: Urban Resort Living

August 2019 — Richard White | Everyday Tourist

While many Calgary urbanists (myself included) sing the praises of the new master planned inner city developments (East Village, Currie or University District) and the densification and redevelopment of Beltline, Bridgeland, Kensington or Marda Loop, Westman Village in the suburb of Mahogany is not on our song sheet.

Recently, I made the 25 km road trip from my Calgary home to wander the village and tour some of the amenities and condos. It was an eyeopener!

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Creekside Chapter 3

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Creekside Supportive Services Chapter 3

March 2019 — Christenson Group

Residential living an attractive choice for disabled residents.

Creekside provides its CSS clients with residential living, a more attractive choices for disabled residents, and less costly for governments, than institutional living, or living in a long term care facility.

Self managed, site based home care, better client/care worker relationships, and improved efficiency when compared to conventional home care with more travel.

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Creekside Chapter 2

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Creekside Supportive Services Chapter 2

March 2019 — Christenson Group

Creekside Support Services allows Independent living.

CSS allows its clients to live independently with the almost 200 other non-disabled condo owners, in an inclusive community, with care provided discreetly to residents in their own homes.

Improved home care service, working conditions, and more personalized care with less travel time is provided when compared to conventional home care.

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Creekside Chapter 1

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Creekside Supportive Services Chapter 1

March 2019 — Christenson Group

Creek Side Support Services, is one of Christenson's first, and successful, partnerships featuring on-site based home care.

Christenson Communities has the best model with site based home care combined with our urban village concept. Creekside Condominiums, built by Christenson Developments, is centrally located on Mill Creek Ravine.

20 years ago, Building 1 opened with 8 residents forming their own supportive services management body, Creekside Support Services (CSS). Today, 23 residents, ranging in age from 35 to 75 years old, live independently in 3 condo buildings, with 130 other owners, relying upon CSS to deliver Alberta Health Services funded site based home care.

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Festival participants

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Better than LRT: Mini-festivals rally support for new focus in Edmonton city budget

October 2018 — Edmonton Journal

Edmonton’s budget debate has so far focused on the negatives of the high cost of building new suburbs but some city residents want to find a positive, instead.

Advocates living and working around Columbia Avenue near downtown, and on 101 Avenue in east Edmonton, both held mini-festivals on the weekend, trying to help developers and city officials see opportunity in the cracked pavement of older neighbourhoods.

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Health Minister Sarah Hoffman

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Alberta government missing targets for accessing long-term care

July 2018 — Calgary Herald

While the NDP government says it’s increasing the number of long-term care and supportive living beds in Alberta, the province is getting further away from hitting its own targets around accessing continuing care spaces.

Alberta Health’s recently released annual report for 2017-18 shows only 52 per cent of clients are being placed in continuing care within 30 days of being assessed, falling short of the government’s target of 65 per cent.

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Westmount milestone meetup

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Milestone reached for Westmount highrise project

June 2018 — Edmonton Prime Times

Doreen and Ross Connell raised a family in the northeast Edmonton community of Kilkenny. They’re now retired and living in Oliver, but are relocating to the innovative new senior’s residence of Village at Westmount.

Village at Westmount is a project of Christenson Developments, which has established a name for integrating independent and assisted living senior residences into walkable urban neighbourhoods.

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Designing Healthy Living

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Government of Canada Designing Healthy Living Report

October 2017 — Government of Canada

The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2017.

Without being aware of it, our neighbourhoods and how they are built influence how healthy we are. I chose designing healthy living as the topic for my first report as Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer because of the tremendous potential that changing our built environment has for helping Canadians live healthier lives.

Read the full report on the Government of Canada's website.

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How Progressive Cities are Embracing Walkability — to Make Money

October 5, 2017 — Tim Querengesser | Walkcast

Journalist Tim Querengesser goes on a walk in Edmonton with Dr. Karen Lee.

Lee helped re-design Times Square in New York for pedestrians. And business boomed as a result. Lee is from Edmonton and her parents live in the city. How does she feel about walkability in their neighbourhood? "I worry," she says.

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Dr. Karen Lee

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Edmonton failing to measure what matters on Jasper Avenue: health expert

September 29, 2017 — Edmonton Journal

When Karen Lee helped New York City give Times Square back to pedestrians, they measured everything from improved air quality to foot traffic and retail sales at street-level businesses to prove the temporary pilot should stay.

On Jasper Avenue, Edmonton is measuring driving times. That’s it. It has Lee worried.

“People care about the health of their families, about seniors and whether they can safely cross the street to get to their bank. If we don’t capture that data, it’s easier for that not to be part of the conversation,” said Lee, an international health and urban planning expert coming home to the Edmonton area to help look at local solutions.

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The million-dollar neighborhood

August 7, 2017 — CNU Journal

Walkable mixed-use neighborhoods help families build wealth—enough to help fund big-ticket items like college and retirement.

Houses appreciate. Cars depreciate. That simple contrast is a key to building wealth over a lifetime, writes Todd Litman, a researcher with the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.

Even though housing is more expensive in walkable, transit-rich neighborhoods, vehicle costs are substantially lower. Households in such neighborhoods shift their spending from transportation to housing. Over 40 years, this shift will add a million dollars of net worth to a typical household, Litman calculates. That's enough to put children through college and/or to retire on—all from careful choice in housing location.

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HQCA survey

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Quality of assisted living homes inconsistent across Alberta, survey finds

July 13, 2017 — Edmonton Journal

Families looking for assisted living facilities in Alberta may want to comb through a new Health Quality Council of Alberta report that rates the quality of life in retirement homes.

The council surveyed 2,870 residents and 4,629 family members of people living in supportive facilities across the province, and found experiences ranging from delightful to frustrating.

“There’s lots of opportunity to improve out there,” Andrew Neuner, CEO of the Health Quality Council, said Thursday.

In a 2016 survey, researchers asked residents and relatives dozens of questions: Did the staff treat them with respect? Did they have to wait too long for help with eating or drinking? Did the room look and smell clean? How was the food?

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Seniors And Technology

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Canadian seniors now outnumber children for 1st time, 2016 census shows

May 3, 2017 — CBC News

For the first time, seniors outnumber children in Canada, as the population experienced its greatest increase in the proportion of older people since Confederation, according to the latest census data.

Statistics Canada's 2016 census figures released Wednesday include demographic data related to age, gender and where Canadians live.

There are now 5.9 million Canadian seniors, compared to 5.8 million Canadians 14 and under.

This is due to the historic increase in the number of people over 65 — a jump of 20 per cent since 2011 and a significantly greater increase than the five per cent growth experienced by the population as a whole. The increase in the share of the oldest Canadians was even bigger — up 19.4 per cent for those over 85 and up 41.3 per cent among those over 100.

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Alberta health minister hopes to transform system with big investment in home care

March 20, 2017 — Calgary Sun

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says her government will be pushing hard this year on a major health system transformation that will see more people treated at home or in community settings than an expensive hospital bed.

The health ministry’s latest budget features a $57-million cut to acute care services, while funding for home and community care is set to rise $200 million to more than $2 billion.

A portion of the increase is funding from the federal government, which recently reached a transfer deal with Alberta to provide $703 million over 10 years for home care.

“Instead of living their lives in a hospital bed, people can stay in their homes and neighbourhoods, with dignity and independence and the security of familiar surroundings,” Hoffman said at a news conference Monday.

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$200 million invested in community health care

March 20, 2017 — Calgary Sun

Budget 2017 is boosting home and community care by $200 million, allowing more Albertans to receive care in their homes and remain independent.

This brings total funding to over $2 billion for home care and community care in 2017-18. The funding will give seniors and Albertans with disabilities services such as nursing and personal assistance, day programs, respite relief, palliative care and wound care so they can continue to live and participate in their communities.

The $200-million increase means hundreds more Albertans will see increased access to home care and community care. Without this investment, many of these patients would face worse health outcomes and require hospital- or facility-based care.

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Stats Canada

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Census 2016: Big cities home to big share of 35 million Canadians

February 8, 2017 — The Canadian Press

Rapid population growth in the West sees cities trying to limit urban sprawl.

Colin Basran is having growing pains. In some ways a victim of his own success, the mayor of Kelowna has been struggling in recent years to rein in his city as it slowly spreads across the B.C. interior, testing his ability to provide core municipal services and build badly needed infrastructure.

Nor is the city's middle-aged spread at all unique, according to the 2016 census data released Wednesday: Canada's population of 35.15 million is settling in the bigger cities, ensuring they and their suburban neighbours keep growing, while small cities get smaller.

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Complete Communities

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Building complete communities: Housing conference brainstorms walkable neighbourhoods

September 21, 2016 — St. Albert Gazette

City residents can have healthier lives and cleaner air if they work together to create complete communities, say planning experts.

About 140 people came to Morinville’s Community Cultural Centre last Sept. 15 for the Capital Region Board’s 5th annual ReEnvision Housing Symposium.

This conference brings planners, developers and engineers together to encourage a more diverse housing mix so people can stay in their home communities, said St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse, chair of the CRB.

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HQCA Survey

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Home Care Clients’ Experience Survey

2016 — Health Quality Council of Alberta

The HQCA conducted the 2015 Alberta Home Care Client Experience Survey in collaboration with Alberta Health Services and Alberta Health to help identify areas for improvement and highlight areas of success in home care.

The purpose was to capture the experiences and obtain feedback from seniors aged 65+ receiving long term supportive and maintenance care, who combined represent the largest group of home care clients.

This is the first survey conducted by the HQCA in the home care services sector and provides a baseline measurement that can be used for ongoing benchmarking and monitoring.

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Home sweet retirement-funding home: One in five Canadians plan to sell property to pay for retirement

Jul 13, 2016 — Financial Post

Our increasingly high home values and poor savings have almost one in five Canadians looking to their property for retirement funding, according to a survey out Wednesday.

HSBC, which interviewed 18,207 people in 17 countries around the world, found 20 per cent of pre-retirees in Canada plan to downsize, or sell their primary and secondary residence in order to fund their retirement. That compares with five per cent of current retirees who will sell to fund retirement.

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Senior in need of care

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Province must act on health system's alternative level of care

Feb 4, 2016 — Edmonton Journal

Each day 400 to 600 hospital beds are occupied by elderly Albertans waiting for spaces in an alternative level of care facility, or ALC, in the continuing care system.

Their average age is 80. On average, they occupy the bed for 26 days. This compares to non-ALC patients who are 63 on average and spend four days in a hospital bed. Occupants of ALC beds have been referred to as bed blockers and a reason for long waiting times in emergency departments and a drag on hospitals, generally.

To be fair to the occupiers of ALC beds, they likely do not want to be in a hospital, but there is simply nowhere else to go. They have lower quality of life than they should have.

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