News of Cambridge Manor signifies progress for University District and Calgary’s aging population as this thoughtfully-designed, innovative complex will provide more than a lively community for residents and seniors who live nearby. West Campus Development Trust’s vision for University District creates a unique opportunity for innovation that will enhance residential living, and aims to transform seniors care and services in Alberta, nationally and internationally.
“With Alberta's senior population expected to reach one in five by 2031, Cambridge Manor will help address associated challenges,” says Mike Conroy, The Brenda Strafford Foundation president and CEO.
“Our assisted living and long-term care units include specialized dementia care. Furthermore, independent-senior living in an adjacent condominium development means seniors -- depending on their health care or lifestyle needs -- can age in place and live comfortably without having to relocate.”
- Mike Conroy
“We are excited to partner with The Brenda Strafford Foundation to provide an inclusive, safe, and integrated social environment,” says James Robertson, West Campus Development Trust president and CEO.
“At University District, people have the opportunity to live well at every stage of life, with access to day-to-day services and shared open spaces. We are creating a social, active and healthy lifestyle here in a well-connected, sustainable community.”
- James Robertson
With every detail, University District is designed with a focus on multi-generational needs and aging-in-place. With walkability at the forefront of University District’s planning—the community offers aging residents a lifestyle supported by enhanced mobility with numerous interconnecting paths and direct public transportation access. The latest design details account for accessibility and safety, such as ample seating in well-lit meeting places and pedestrian-friendly streets with easy crossings.
An important part of the broader University District vision, Cambridge Manor’s focus on innovation, research, teaching and learning will support service excellence and integrate the residential and academic communities within the University District and neighbouring University of Calgary.
The Brenda Strafford Foundation has committed significant resources to the University of Calgary. Brenda Strafford chairs have been created across multiple disciplines including Geriatric Medicine and Alzheimer Research (Cumming School of Medicine), and the Prevention of Domestic Violence (Faculty of Social Work), in addition to establishment of the Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging (O’Brien Institute for Public Health).
Researchers and students across various faculties will have access to the dynamic research and learning environment within a continuing care setting at Cambridge Manor, enhanced through collaboration with the university’s Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging. The Centre has a mandate for age-related research, interdisciplinary education, public policy and community outreach that will benefit the greater community.
Information about sales and booking process will be announced in the future. As progress continues, updates can be found through University District’s ongoing communications via myuniversitydistrict.ca.