FOCUS ON SENIORS: Community within a community

Opinion Nov 26, 2015 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

With input from seniors regarding their lived experience and through partnership and collaboration, the Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) is working toward an age-friendly community.  

The Master Aging Plan, or MAP, for the City of Brantford and the County of Brant was published in 2008 as a strategic plan to identify areas of concern to seniors. It contains 99 recommendations to improve aspects of daily living. The MAP serves as a resource to any individual, group, organization or business that is planning for future services, products and facilities for older adults.

Several months ago, the GRCOA was approached by Jim and Denise Brown, who requested a meeting. It was then that GRCOA president Lucy Marco and vice-president Dr. Jean Kincade were thrilled to discover this couple had discovered the MAP.

The Browns stumbled on the MAP by accident, but quickly realized the value it contained. Bringing their well-thumbed and highlighted copy to the first meeting with GRCOA, it was evident they had conducted an in-depth review.  When they began to describe their endeavours, their commitment to age-friendliness was evident in every word.  

They are the owners of Evolution Homes and Development. Their new project, known as Creek Side Village, will be an adult lifestyle community located in Burford in the County of Brant.  Upon completion, the housing development will boast 143 homes within one kilometre of the charming village.  

When the Browns first purchased the land, they lived on site. Soon, they were immersed in village life and began to appreciate the needs of seniors in the community. At the same time, Denise’s mom had moved into an adult lifestyle complex, which offered the couple a bird’s eye view of this type of housing for seniors.

After much research, brainstorming and discussion, the concept for Creek Side Village was born. Recently, Denise’s sister Alyson and her husband Hank Needham were welcomed to the project.

Creek Side Village, an adult lifestyle community, is designed to cater to the wants and desires of residents and will facilitate integration into the Burford community. 

In close proximity to highways 401 and 403, residents will have easy access to many urban centres and major shopping areas. An added benefit is the short walk to the Burford business core. Walking trails are nearby as an added attraction.

“When we were developing the concept for Creek Side Village, we strove to incorporate as many leading-edge features as possible to cater to the needs of our future residents, the community of Burford and Brant County,” Jim said.  

Creek Side Village will include onsite opportunities for recreation, leisure and social events.  A state-of-the-art, up to 12,000-square-foot clubhouse complete with an indoor pool is a unique inclusion. Social and physical activities will support an active, healthy lifestyle for the residents.  

For people over age 55, this housing offers unique elements designed to permit residents to “age in place,” remaining in their own homes for much longer.  The homes incorporate “universal design” and are inherently accessible to older people, with or without disabilities.  Some of the accompanying attractive features include barrier-free access, no threshold showers, appropriate grab bar locations and one-level living.

The Browns and the Needhams have done their homework. In preparation for their project, they have spoken with experts in various fields of study, including engineers, architects, environmentalists and lawyers. They also visited similar developments in Canada and the U.S. Their research continues and they have been attending the age-friendly summit gatherings hosted by MPP Dave Levac and the GRCOA.  

Residents will purchase their homes and lease the land. For a monthly fee, property management will be responsible for snow removal and lawn care.  

The Browns and the Needhams are to be commended for their commitment to this endeavour.  

In describing their process, Brown said: “The information and input that we have received from the MAP, along with the contact with the GRCOA and the input from people we have met at the community forums, has helped us to polish the overall concept design of Creek Side Village.”

Plans call for completion in two to three years. For more information, contact Jim Brown at 1-905-517-5504 or by email at jim@evolutionnow.ca.

This exciting, innovative housing development offers another golden opportunity for older adults.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Community within a community

New adult lifestyle complex planned for Burford

Opinion Nov 26, 2015 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

With input from seniors regarding their lived experience and through partnership and collaboration, the Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) is working toward an age-friendly community.  

The Master Aging Plan, or MAP, for the City of Brantford and the County of Brant was published in 2008 as a strategic plan to identify areas of concern to seniors. It contains 99 recommendations to improve aspects of daily living. The MAP serves as a resource to any individual, group, organization or business that is planning for future services, products and facilities for older adults.

Several months ago, the GRCOA was approached by Jim and Denise Brown, who requested a meeting. It was then that GRCOA president Lucy Marco and vice-president Dr. Jean Kincade were thrilled to discover this couple had discovered the MAP.

The Browns stumbled on the MAP by accident, but quickly realized the value it contained. Bringing their well-thumbed and highlighted copy to the first meeting with GRCOA, it was evident they had conducted an in-depth review.  When they began to describe their endeavours, their commitment to age-friendliness was evident in every word.  

They are the owners of Evolution Homes and Development. Their new project, known as Creek Side Village, will be an adult lifestyle community located in Burford in the County of Brant.  Upon completion, the housing development will boast 143 homes within one kilometre of the charming village.  

When the Browns first purchased the land, they lived on site. Soon, they were immersed in village life and began to appreciate the needs of seniors in the community. At the same time, Denise’s mom had moved into an adult lifestyle complex, which offered the couple a bird’s eye view of this type of housing for seniors.

After much research, brainstorming and discussion, the concept for Creek Side Village was born. Recently, Denise’s sister Alyson and her husband Hank Needham were welcomed to the project.

Creek Side Village, an adult lifestyle community, is designed to cater to the wants and desires of residents and will facilitate integration into the Burford community. 

In close proximity to highways 401 and 403, residents will have easy access to many urban centres and major shopping areas. An added benefit is the short walk to the Burford business core. Walking trails are nearby as an added attraction.

“When we were developing the concept for Creek Side Village, we strove to incorporate as many leading-edge features as possible to cater to the needs of our future residents, the community of Burford and Brant County,” Jim said.  

Creek Side Village will include onsite opportunities for recreation, leisure and social events.  A state-of-the-art, up to 12,000-square-foot clubhouse complete with an indoor pool is a unique inclusion. Social and physical activities will support an active, healthy lifestyle for the residents.  

For people over age 55, this housing offers unique elements designed to permit residents to “age in place,” remaining in their own homes for much longer.  The homes incorporate “universal design” and are inherently accessible to older people, with or without disabilities.  Some of the accompanying attractive features include barrier-free access, no threshold showers, appropriate grab bar locations and one-level living.

The Browns and the Needhams have done their homework. In preparation for their project, they have spoken with experts in various fields of study, including engineers, architects, environmentalists and lawyers. They also visited similar developments in Canada and the U.S. Their research continues and they have been attending the age-friendly summit gatherings hosted by MPP Dave Levac and the GRCOA.  

Residents will purchase their homes and lease the land. For a monthly fee, property management will be responsible for snow removal and lawn care.  

The Browns and the Needhams are to be commended for their commitment to this endeavour.  

In describing their process, Brown said: “The information and input that we have received from the MAP, along with the contact with the GRCOA and the input from people we have met at the community forums, has helped us to polish the overall concept design of Creek Side Village.”

Plans call for completion in two to three years. For more information, contact Jim Brown at 1-905-517-5504 or by email at jim@evolutionnow.ca.

This exciting, innovative housing development offers another golden opportunity for older adults.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Community within a community

New adult lifestyle complex planned for Burford

Opinion Nov 26, 2015 by Kathryn Poirier Brant News

With input from seniors regarding their lived experience and through partnership and collaboration, the Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) is working toward an age-friendly community.  

The Master Aging Plan, or MAP, for the City of Brantford and the County of Brant was published in 2008 as a strategic plan to identify areas of concern to seniors. It contains 99 recommendations to improve aspects of daily living. The MAP serves as a resource to any individual, group, organization or business that is planning for future services, products and facilities for older adults.

Several months ago, the GRCOA was approached by Jim and Denise Brown, who requested a meeting. It was then that GRCOA president Lucy Marco and vice-president Dr. Jean Kincade were thrilled to discover this couple had discovered the MAP.

The Browns stumbled on the MAP by accident, but quickly realized the value it contained. Bringing their well-thumbed and highlighted copy to the first meeting with GRCOA, it was evident they had conducted an in-depth review.  When they began to describe their endeavours, their commitment to age-friendliness was evident in every word.  

They are the owners of Evolution Homes and Development. Their new project, known as Creek Side Village, will be an adult lifestyle community located in Burford in the County of Brant.  Upon completion, the housing development will boast 143 homes within one kilometre of the charming village.  

When the Browns first purchased the land, they lived on site. Soon, they were immersed in village life and began to appreciate the needs of seniors in the community. At the same time, Denise’s mom had moved into an adult lifestyle complex, which offered the couple a bird’s eye view of this type of housing for seniors.

After much research, brainstorming and discussion, the concept for Creek Side Village was born. Recently, Denise’s sister Alyson and her husband Hank Needham were welcomed to the project.

Creek Side Village, an adult lifestyle community, is designed to cater to the wants and desires of residents and will facilitate integration into the Burford community. 

In close proximity to highways 401 and 403, residents will have easy access to many urban centres and major shopping areas. An added benefit is the short walk to the Burford business core. Walking trails are nearby as an added attraction.

“When we were developing the concept for Creek Side Village, we strove to incorporate as many leading-edge features as possible to cater to the needs of our future residents, the community of Burford and Brant County,” Jim said.  

Creek Side Village will include onsite opportunities for recreation, leisure and social events.  A state-of-the-art, up to 12,000-square-foot clubhouse complete with an indoor pool is a unique inclusion. Social and physical activities will support an active, healthy lifestyle for the residents.  

For people over age 55, this housing offers unique elements designed to permit residents to “age in place,” remaining in their own homes for much longer.  The homes incorporate “universal design” and are inherently accessible to older people, with or without disabilities.  Some of the accompanying attractive features include barrier-free access, no threshold showers, appropriate grab bar locations and one-level living.

The Browns and the Needhams have done their homework. In preparation for their project, they have spoken with experts in various fields of study, including engineers, architects, environmentalists and lawyers. They also visited similar developments in Canada and the U.S. Their research continues and they have been attending the age-friendly summit gatherings hosted by MPP Dave Levac and the GRCOA.  

Residents will purchase their homes and lease the land. For a monthly fee, property management will be responsible for snow removal and lawn care.  

The Browns and the Needhams are to be commended for their commitment to this endeavour.  

In describing their process, Brown said: “The information and input that we have received from the MAP, along with the contact with the GRCOA and the input from people we have met at the community forums, has helped us to polish the overall concept design of Creek Side Village.”

Plans call for completion in two to three years. For more information, contact Jim Brown at 1-905-517-5504 or by email at jim@evolutionnow.ca.

This exciting, innovative housing development offers another golden opportunity for older adults.