media release

Housing an aging generation

May 27, 2014

Gloria Gutman, SFU Gerontology Research Centre, 778.782.5063,
Kamilah Charters-Gabanek, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

As the demand for adequate senior housing continues to increase in tandem with Canada’s aging population, experts from across North America will gather in Vancouver May 28-29, to explore the future of senior housing in British Columbia. They will participate in the 23rd Annual John K. Friesen Conference, hosted by Simon Fraser University’s Gerontology Research Centre.

Held in partnership with SFU’s Lifelong Learning Adult 55+ Program, Housing Alternatives for an Aging Population will discuss the range of tenure arrangements, housing forms, and service models currently available and under development for adults 55-plus in British Columbia.

Keynote speakers include architect and author Charles Durrett, whose firm has designed and pioneered more than 50 cohousing communities in North America and received the United Nations’ World Habitat Award, and Andrew E. Scharlach, whose work at the University of California at Berkeley currently includes a multi-year research project examining how communities can become more aging-friendly.

“Around the world housing is one of the three top concerns of people aged 55 and over,” says Gloria Gutman, Professor Emerita at SFU’s Department of Gerontology.

“The objective of the conference is to provide information that will enable people aged 55-plus to plan ahead and make informed choices.  As well, it provides a forum for developers to learn what current and future seniors are looking for in the way of housing for their later years.” 

The 23rd Annual John K. Friesen Conference takes place May 28-29, in the Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre, Rooms 1400-1430 (Harbour Centre) at SFU’s Vancouver campus. More information and registration can be found online.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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