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University District Cambridge Manor
People of all ages live in communities. Butcommunities are rarely designed for people of all ages.A notable exception is University District in the heart ofnorthwest Calgary, being developed by West CampusDevelopment Trust.
Just west of the University of Calgary, the newneighbourhood’s, sidewalks, shops and other publicspaces will be constructed so people of all ages andabilities (particularly people using walkers, wheelchairsand strollers) can move with greater ease andconfidence.
A new addition to University District is CambridgeManor, an active living, age-in-place seniors’ complexbeing built and operated by The Brenda StraffordFoundation. The Manor’s research and learningenvironment will host researchers from the Universityof Calgary Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging, whichis dedicated to supporting age-related research,interdisciplinary education, public policy andcommunity outreach.
“It’s a component of any good community to think
about different people at different stages of life who are
going to live there,” says James Robertson, the Trust’s
president and CEO. “We have a unique opportunity to
do something special that creates a new benchmark
on how to include multi-generational and multi-lifestyle
housing in one community.”
Cambridge Manor will offer both supportive living and
long-term care, including specialized dementia care. Its
240 units will open in 2020.
Older adults living elsewhere in the area will also beable to use the manor’s services: dining, recreationalactivities and therapeutic care on an a la carte basis.This will be especially convenient for residents of theindependent seniors’ living condominium linked toCambridge Manor by a + 30 walkway.
“We see Cambridge Manor as a centre for healthand wellness for seniors,” says Mike Conroy, theFoundation’s president and CEO. “The Foundation iscommitted to continuously improving care for seniorsand supporting the community so people can stay in
By Elizabeth Chorney-BoothLearn more at: myuniversitydistrict.ca.
James Robertson, left, president and CEO of West CampusDevelopment Trust, and Mike Conroy, president and CEO of TheBrenda Strafford Foundation.