Powell River seniors face challenges: City lacks infrastructure required for suitable retirement community
David Brindle / Powell River Peak (online)
November 9, 2016
For many seniors in Powell River, the sunset years can be more worrisome than wonderful.
Raymonde Gagnon said she and her husband, both in their early 70s, are scared about the decisions they will face. Something as basic as getting around town can be a difficult conversation for them.
“He says to me, ‘When I’m too old or can’t see, what if I lose my driver’s licence?’” said Gagnon. “We live in Black Point. We’ll have to take a bus or a cab.”
Powell River is a city of retirees. According to the 2015 Vital Signs report, it has the ninth largest percentage of people age 65 and over in Canada. That demographic includes people who have either lived in the community for a lifetime, or a short time, and share the same challenges that come with aging.