Burnaby’s population is getting older. In 2011, 14% of Burnaby’s population was aged 65 years or older. Over the next few years, the seniors’ population in both Burnaby and Metro Vancouver will grow rapidly, as the baby boom generation enters its senior years. By 2026, seniors (65+) are projected to represent 18% of the city’s population. As our population ages, planning for seniors is paramount.
In March 2010, the City, in consultation with the community-based Voices of Burnaby Seniors, and the Burnaby Access Advisory Committee, successfully applied to the Seniors Housing and Support Initiative of the UBCM for an Age-Friendly Community Grant. The grant was used to fund a community assessment of pedestrian routes in the Edmonds Town Centre. The project recognizes the importance of safe and accessible pedestrian environment for seniors (particularly for those who do not drive or who have had to stop driving) as a means of transportation to the basics of life and as a way to remain physically active and connected to the community. View the Council report. The City also conducted a second community assessment of pedestrian routes in the Cascade Heights neighbourhood in 2013.
Citizen Support Services
The City of Burnaby’s Citizen Support Services is comprised of approximately 350 volunteers who give their time and energy to the community on a regular basis. Volunteers help with seniors programs including: Shopping Buddies, Daily Phone Call, Grocery Shop-by-Phone. These programs help Burnaby seniors to remain independent and connected members of the community.
Burnaby has four seniors’ centres, one in each quadrant of the city, that offer a range of programs and services for older adults. For more information, see program listings in Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services’ Leisure Guide.
Dementia-Friendly Community Action Plan
The City is developing a dementia-friendly community action plan. About 2,400 people in Burnaby are living with dementia. Most live in the community where they work, shop and enjoy family and friends. However, many things can make ordinary routines more difficult and result in isolation, inactivity and reduced quality of life. Dementia-Friendly communities focus on inclusion, building on what people with dementia can do and the contributions they can continue to make. Please read the Social Planning Committee Report for more information.
Please attend the City of Burnaby's Dementia-Friendly Community Forum on Thursday, October 20 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby.
At the forum you will:
- Learn about dementia and resources from the Alzheimer Society of BC and Fraser Health
- Learn about the Burnaby Dementia-Friendly Community Project activities and discoveries
- Share you ideas for creating a dementia-friendly community.
Refreshments and a light lunch will be served.
The City is an active participant in the community-based Voices of Burnaby Seniors (VOBS) Task Force. In 2007, VOBS surveyed Burnaby seniors on their housing, transportation, health and support service needs.