Friday, September 10, 2010

City Links Program Helping Calgary Senior Citizens Stay Independent

The City of Calgary, with the help of Chevron volunteers and Volunteer Calgary teamed-up today to help paint a local senior’s home as part of the “Colour Their World” program.

“I’d like to say Thank You, or ‘Grazie’ in Italian,” said 80-year-old Rosa Grossi who was busily preparing pizza and espresso's for the volunteers.

Grossi’s house is being taken care of as part of The City of Calgary's City Links program that helps eligible senior homeowners maintain their independence with free home maintenance services such as basic yard care, snow shoveling, house cleaning, house painting and minor repair services.

The labour is done either by volunteers as part of City Links' “Colour their world” program or through the employment and training section, which according to, “provides a safe and supportive work environment for individuals with life challenges to receive paid work experience, personal counselling, employment preparation counselling, as well as life management, work and technical skills training.”

Today, the volunteers are employees of Chevron, which has been an integral part of the program since its inception.

According to the City of Calgary, and Statistics Canada:
  • There are approximately 107,000 seniors in Calgary today, representing about 10.1% of the population.
  • By 2012 the total population of Calgary is expected to climb to approximately 1,131,800. The majority of this growth will be in the middle-aged and older adult age cohorts.
  • By 2012, the senior population is expected to increase to 121,900; by 2016 to approximately 146,467, and by 2030, the Calgary senior population will be over 250,000 – about 18% of the population. The anticipated growth in this segment of the population is exponential.
Click these links for more information on City of Calgary senior citizen programsCity Links and

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