Rediscovering Edmonton's first neighbourhood
Seniors are enjoying the charm and convenience of downtown living.
Edmonton’s first and best neighbourhood
In 2013, Edmonton’s city council approved ‘the arena deal’ and sent a jolt of enthusiasm into downtown revitalization. Today, over $2.5 billion has been invested into building hotels, office towers and high-rise condos in ICE District as a direct result of the construction of Rogers Place.
A new energy flows through Edmonton’s downtown, cosmopolitan and welcoming. People enjoy performances in world-class venues and frequent trendy local eateries. Recently, three restaurants in and around downtown made the Top 10 Restaurants in Canada list as compiled by Air Canada’s enRoute magazine: Alder Room, Clementine and Café Linnea.
This increased popularity is felt throughout the greater downtown area. At Jasper Avenue and 119 Street, seniors are discovering an ideal blend of serenity and access to amenities at Our Parents’ Home (OPH), recently declared the best overall facility by the Altus Report on Seniors Facilities.
Making a difference in seniors’ living
“Our Parents’ Home is a reflection of the neighbourhood—It’s a fun, social community with many thoughtful amenities. Residents can take part in active living and healthy aging programs,” says Sharon Marcus, OPH Community Liaison. “And, as a not-for-profit organization, our focus is on offering top services at a fair price.”
Healthy aging is a cornerstone philosophy at OPH with a well-equipped fitness facility and nutritious meals prepared in the dining room. When residents aren’t in one of the multiple fitness programs, they’re enjoying an old-fashioned walk in the neighbourhood.
“Location makes this building special. We have easy access to everything and because so many people walk in this area, I always feel safe,” says Brenda, a resident of OPH. “And when we come home, the views from our rooftop are breathtaking!”
Other popular area attractions include the Victoria Promenade along the river valley, an endless variety of shops, inspired local restaurants, art galleries, farmers' markets, High Street, The Brewery District and Oliver Square.
As one would expect in the hub of the city, the area possesses an array of services. Banks, dry cleaners and post office locations are plentiful, as are churches including Beth Shalom Synagogue, Anglican, United and Catholic houses of worship. Clinics and drugstores abound, including the We Care Pharmacy & Clinic on the main floor of OPH.
Situated on Jasper Avenue, residents have easy access to transit. OPH has also partnered with Care For A Ride to offer inexpensive door-to-door transportation for everything from shopping and medical appointments to social engagements. This makes it easy to enjoy a play with friends at The Citadel, or an afternoon with the family at the Royal Alberta Museum, opening later this year. Other nearby destinations include the Art Gallery of Alberta, Rogers Place and Francis Winspear Centre for Music; arts and entertainment are integral to the tapestry of downtown.
It feels like home
“I was new to Edmonton when I moved here a few years ago,” says Vincent, a resident of OPH. “I moved to be close to my family and I was surprised how quickly the city felt like home. The staff at Our Parents’ Home has great compassion, and people around the neighbourhood are so friendly. I love to sit on the benches by the river valley and chat with people. Folks have time for each other here; it says something about the neighbourhood and this city.”