Arlene Adamson
Arlene Adamson is the CEO of Silvera for Seniors, which provides safe and affordable accommodation and support services to over 1,600 lower-income Calgary seniors.

Entries by Arlene Adamson

Older Adults Living on Low Incomes Need Housing Options

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 9:18 AM

By Arlene Adamson and Irene Martin-Lindsay

It was recently reported that Calgary has some of the most expensive seniors' housing in Canada, at $3,100 a month, some $1,000 over the national average.

Headlines like these catch people's attention, especially during our recent election. There's no doubt that the...

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Canadian Seniors Deserve to "Age in the Right Place"

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 9:30 AM

A shift in thinking on seniors' care issues is taking place across the country. And it's making our government leaders sit up and take notice.

The opportunity to provide cutting edge seniors' care has never been more within reach. Worldwide, there is a movement to...

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Don't Believe Media Hype - Seniors Are Not the Wealthy Generation

(9) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 6:11 PM

Working as an advocate for seniors' issues can feel like pushing water uphill. Yet, after a challenging few years which has seen headlines of flood and fire, bad food, bed sores, and a chronic shortage of affordable seniors' housing, it finally looked like we might move forward.

Citing a...

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Natural Disasters and Seniors:
How to Protect Older Adults

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 6:00 PM

The recent floods in Calgary caught people by surprise. The water came quickly, and although many Calgarians were on alert to leave, when the evacuation order was finally issued, speed was of the essence.

One of the 26 Calgary communities that had to be evacuated was Bridgeland, near the...

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Facebook Reveals our Lack of Compassion for the Elderly

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 6:32 PM

"Anyone over age 69 should face a firing squad."

This was just one of the many Facebook comments ridiculing the elderly cited in a recent Yale University study that reveals extensive bigotry and discrimination levelled at older adults on the popular social networking site.

Ageism, to...

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10 Ways to Help Seniors in 2013

(3) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 10:17 AM

Older age often creeps up on people. In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, "The future ain't what it used to be."

Many who had the best intentions of preparing for retirement now find themselves with inadequate pensions that do not keep pace with inflation. Some are at serious...

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Santa, Don't Forget About Struggling Seniors

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 5:39 PM

Poor Santa.

Every single year it's the same thing. Harness up the reindeer. Supervise the loading of the sled by the elves. Then work all night delivering gifts to children all over the world. Christmas Eve is tough work, and he is not as young as he used to...

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Looking Forward to a Nice Retirement Home? Don't Count on It

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 8:08 AM

A report released this summer on the state of retirement housing spaces for seniors in Alberta from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) shows a healthy 11.3 per cent vacancy rate for standard spaces in the province. But what the Seniors' Housing Report does not include is...

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This Alberta Election, the Senior Vote Is Golden

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 6:34 PM

During the last provincial election in Alberta there was an abysmal voter turnout rate of 40.6 per cent. But this was not the case with voters over the age of 65 who voted in significantly higher numbers. And political parties took notice.

Routinely, three out...

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