With a Wave of Seniors Coming, Why Many are Choosing to 'Age in Place' in Toronto Condos

May 25, 2017

Downsizing seniors are moving into Toronto condos and overcoming challenges by creating communities

By Alexandra Sienkiewicz, CBC News

In less than 20 years, one in four people living in Toronto will be over the age of 65. And for the very first time in the province's history, Ontario is home to more people over 65 than children under 15.

That dramatic and ongoing demographic shift also means a big change for how Toronto's aging population will live in the city, and it potentially poses challenges for condo boards and management as more seniors are choosing to "age in place."

Penelope Tyndale and Julie Beddoes are two such seniors, both in their 80s, who currently live in the Distillery District — and have called the same condo building home for 17 years.

"I've always dreaded being somewhere where I'm not part of the bigger world ... It doesn't matter how good the food is, or how great the gardens are in a [retirement] home — you're on planet zed. You're not part of the larger universe," said Beddoes.

"My nightmare is being cut off from the world and from stimulus," added Tyndale, who is taking four classes at the University of Toronto and often attends concerts downtown.

'I've always dreaded being somewhere where I'm not part of the bigger world.'- Julie Beddoes

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