Wolf Willow co-housing offers alternative for Saskatoon seniors
Development designed with aging in mind
As the oldest of the baby boomers turn 70, CBC looks at the changes ahead as this group enters its golden years. This series asks if we are ready for the challenges ahead.
Wolf Willow may look like an ordinary condominium building in Saskatoon's Riversdale neighbourhood but the development offers co-housing for older adults.
"[It's] a community of people who have chosen to live together and age in place and support one another as those very natural processes evolve," explained Margo Day, during a visit by Saskatoon Morning.
Day was among the original group who hatched the idea of creating Wolf Willow back in 2008.
Designed for co-housing
Wolf Willow is designed with older adults and co-housing in mind, with many shared areas intended to foster community.
While there is an emphasis on socializing, Eileen Makenzie, another Wolf Willow resident, said there is plenty of privacy as well.
"But the thing is, if you stay in your apartment too long, then you're going to have someone knocking on the door saying 'Are you okay?' and that has to be okay with the person too."
"Moving is a lot of hard work and I wouldn't want to leave that until I was too old and decrepit and didn't have any choices any more," said Clarke.
"I think that's what a lot of us like about this idea of co-housing for older adults, is that we do have some control."