Oakridge Seniors Association
Since 2018 Oakridge Seniors Association has been bringing older adults together from southwest Calgary communities to create social connections, to participate in a wide variety of programs and events, to volunteer, and to have access basic services.
To enhance the quality of life for older adults in our communities by creating connections to social, health and wellness, and basic services for living well.
A community where all older adults feel connected and supported.
Our Core Values
Creating connections to establish social networks and friendships, accessing help around the home, and gaining other supports for an improved well being.
Through local support, events, and knowledge sharing, a sense of community builds intergenerational engagement.
Creating opportunities to learn from each other, the community, and those around us, encourage continuous growth and improvement.
Respect for diversity, culture, and ability, leads to offering programs and services that encompass kindness and inclusivity for all.
OSA was founded in 2018 through observation that seniors were disconnected from the community, and that the number of seniors in the community was growing considerably. Many residents moved to Oakridge when the community was first established and stayed throughout the years.
At the time,19% of Oakridge residents were 65 or older, the largest senior community in Calgary. This finding led to the creation of a passionate group of residents, with a commitment to create opportunities for Oakridge and area residents. The 2019 census showed the number of seniors living in Oakridge continuing to rise, (22% of residents 65+, and 37% of residents 55+.) This increase in the number of seniors in Oakridge confirms there is critical need to create services through connections.
Research shows that seniors prefer to age in their homes, which leads to a healthier and happier overall life. OSA’s framework was inspired by the Village to Village concept found in the US. This framework provides social connections through programs and events offered in a variety of areas. It provides basic services to adults 55+ so they can continue to stay in their home and enjoy a network of friends in the neighbourhood they love as they grow older.