To the Editor,
In your Feb. 18 edition of the Standard, you carried an article entitled “Debunking myths about aging.”
In that article, the author addresses the misperception that the elderly can not age well at home. In debunking this myth, he points out the various support systems that are available to Canadian seniors which help them to remain living independently as they 'age in place'. There is one additional option that seniors should know about – one that was not mentioned in this article.
For those seniors who would like to remain living independently within their own home, but find that the kind of home they currently live in makes that difficult, they should explore the option of moving into an Active Senior Lifestyle Community - such as Canterbury Common in Port Perry. These communities are designed with seniors in mind. Most homes are bungalows and depending on the community, will deliver various levels of support for lawn maintenance and snow removal. These communities are generally designed around a community center where all types of social activities are held – activities which encourage socialization, fitness and intellectual stimulation. The members of these communities tend to look out for one-another, an important support system which further helps these seniors continue 'living in place'. This option is one that many of the baby-boomers who are now thinking about retirement should consider. This option will help them continue to live an active and socially engaged lifestyle for years to come.
As noted above, Scugog has an Active Adult Lifestyle community – Canterbury Common. This community was built with a golf course fully integrated into its fabric. The golf course provided the retirees of this community with a great option for exercising during the spring, summer and fall months. Unfortunately, this golf course has been sold to a developer who intends on tearing it up and building houses on it. According to the Planner engaged by the Canterbury Common's community, the current plan of subdivision filed by the developer is not in keeping with the nature or design of the existing community.
Given the the clear differences between the proposed new development and the current community, I am very concerned that this development will tear apart the fabric of Canterbury Common, making it less attractive to the next wave of seniors. As fewer seniors move in to this community, the demographic of the house owners will shift and it could quickly cease to exist as a fully functioning Active Adult Lifestyle community. If this were to happen, then Scugog will have lost an important option for the future seniors of this region.
Citizens of Durham who feel that they would like to live in a vibrant senior community, where there are a myriad of things to do with people the same age and with similar interests, should let their councillors know that protecting this kind of community is in everyone's best interests.
David Thompson, Port Perry
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