Rapid growth of seniors population in Canada creates dire need for supportive infrastructure
VANCOUVER, BC and LONDON, UK. Element Lifestyle Retirement Inc. has been recognized internationally with a prestigious Globals Award for World’s Best Senior-focused Intergenerational Master-planned Community Design in 2015 for its progressive, sustainable village, OASIS in Langley, BC.
The Globals celebrate the best individual and company performances in the over-50s housing sector worldwide and are awarded by the UK-based Over 50s Housing Publishing Group, which reviews standards and trends in senior housing in more than 200 countries every year. The Awards focus on elevated performance, recognizing and embracing new trends, market leadership, inspirational performance and the elevation of the customer experience. The event has been running since 1998 and in 2015 more than 950 entries were reviewed.
The award is given at a time when Canada is undergoing a huge demographic shift and the need for infrastructure to support seniors is high:
- B.C.’s population sector aged 65 years and over is projected to reach approximately 25 per cent of the total population by 2038, according to a Statistics Canada report released in May. This is above the Canadian average. Seniors currently make up an estimated 17.5 per cent of B.C.’s population.
- With more Canadians aged 65 and over than under age 15 (Statistics Canada), the proportion of Canada’s senior population is increasing, placing greater pressure on the Government to provide care.
Don Ho, founder and president, of Vancouver-based Element Lifestyle Retirement Inc., and Candy Ho, director and vice president, Element Lifestyle Retirement Inc., were at The Conrad St James in London, UK on November 12 to accept the Globals Award at the Over 50s Housing and Health Care presentation ceremony. “It was a wonderfully inspiring and humbling experience to be recognized in a room full of innovative visionaries from all over the world who share a passion to do good,” says Don Ho.
Photo caption: Don Ho and Candy Ho accept the Globals Award for World’s Best Senior-focused Intergenerational Master-planned Community Design in 2015 for OASIS
Photo credit: Element Lifestyle Retirement Inc.
Recognizing the rapid growth of the over-50s housing sector worldwide, the Globals Awards are given out by the UK-based, Over 50s Housing Publishing Group, the only worldwide publisher specializing in the over-50s housing sector. It publishes the UK Over 50s Housing Weekly, UK Planning, Trends In Over 50s Housing, the USA Over 50s Housing, the Canadian Over 50s Housing and Australasia’s Aged Care Housing Weekly News.
The Globals Award demonstrates element™’s, long-standing ability to cultivate innovative retirement communities. OASIS by element™ will be a $200-300 million intergenerational community. On 17 acres, residents will enjoy meandering trails, natural creek-side forest paths and community gardens that supply a farm-to-table culinary program. Strategically planned, this multi-dimensional wellness community will feature an array of indoor and outdoor amenities that focus on retirement health and wellness. It will also incorporate homes, shops and services that provide for the daily living conveniences of younger families. A core concept is for seniors to receive appropriate hospitality and professional support and care services, while adults, children and grandchildren enjoy living in walking proximity within the same community. Located in the Township of Langley, across from the Langley Events Centre, OASIS will be the first property in the Township to realize the Official Community Plan’s support for high-density development.
elementTM’s current focus is on its flagship residence OPAL by elementTM that spans an entire city block in the vibrant Cambie Village. Currently in the final development approval stage, OPAL is located in the heart of Vancouver’s premier West Side area. With courtyard and rooftop patio access, residents of OPAL will capitalize on views of downtown and mountains toward the north, and Queen Elizabeth Park towards the south. It will be valued at $90 million upon stabilization of the operation. More information about its sales campaign will be released in January. To receive updates register at elementlifestyleretirement.com/contact/
Pioneered in the 1990s by Don Ho, the “continuum of lifestyles” concept of aging-in-place will be applied to OPAL and OASIS. Now an exemplary model in the industry, the concept allows residents to access appropriate care as their needs evolve. Proposed plans for OPAL by element™ include an array of accommodation services and lifestyle options ranging from independent living to licensed 24-hour nursing care. These services can be tailored to meet the wellness needs of the individuals involved. They encompass the complete continuum of lifestyles, from Independent Living and Assisted Living rental and condominium suites, to Memory Care and Licensed Complex Care.
“We want to empower seniors to lead an engaged and enriched lifestyle for as long as possible,” says Candy Ho. “This is the future they’ve worked hard for all their life. We are here to take away all their chores, and to help them live passionately and purposefully, with active connection to their family and their community.” Designed to go well beyond addressing physical and cognitive health, OPAL’s variety of programs promote holistic wellness. Activities and amenities provide opportunities to explore existing passions and new interests, whether individually or in social groups. Like OASIS, the intergenerational component will be a signature concept at OPAL, with a dedicated space that is safety- and sound-proofed to encourage free interaction. Residents of OPAL will live close to transit in a thriving, pedestrian-friendly, amenity-rich neighborhood.
Don Ho was previously recognized for his contribution to the senior care industry in 2002, when he was honoured with the “Entrepreneur of the Year” Finalist Award by Ernst and Young. Operating under the strategic leadership of Ho, element™’s senior living industry experts have decades of experience in developing, operating and fostering leadership for senior residences across North America.