Seniors in Abbotsford
The City of Abbotsford is committed to building a healthy community by preparing for an aging population. Older adults represent one of the fastest growing age groups in Abbotsford. In 2011, 19,695 residents (15% of the population) were over the age of 65. This marks a steady increase since 2006 and it is anticipated that growth in this population segment will continue. By 2036, is expected that almost 20% of the population (1 in 5 residents) will be over the age of 65 (2011 Census).
Adults are living longer than before, and while the majority of are healthy, the number of frail older people is increasing. Many of Abbotsford’s seniors require some level of assistance. Other concerns are isolation, language barriers, and financial insecurity. Almost 12% of Abbotsford’s seniors over the age of 65 are low-income (2011 National Household Survey).
Age-Friendly Assessment Report
Abbotsford’s NEW Age-Friendly Assessment Report was completed in May 2017, from the information provided from the Age-Friendly surveys and community focus groups. The report identifies ways in which the community and City are working towards being age-friendly, and future opportunities for enhancement.
Seniors Projects & Research
All the following projects were funded by the Union of BC Municipalities - Seniors Housing & Support Initiative (SHSI).
- Abbotsford Seniors Housing Study
- Abbotsford Indo-Canadian Seniors Project
- Mobility Scooter Research Project
- Getting Around: Transport and Mobility of Elders in Abbotsford
- Elders of Abbotsford: An Exploration of Strengths and Issues
- Abbotsford Community Services Programs for Seniors
- Abbotsford Learning Plus
- Abbotsford Social Activity Association
- Clearbrook Golden Age Society
- Parks, Recreation & Culture Seniors Centres