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Embrace ‘silver tsunami’ as chance to build better cities: Mac prof

Written by Meredith MacLeod
Published in the Hamilton Spectator 

Aging is not a burden on society but a “silver tsunami” sweeping in an opportunity to build better cities, a McMaster professor told a summit of civic leaders in Toronto Tuesday.

“We hear about older adults gobbling up health care dollars and eating up all the old-age pension,” said Margaret Denton, professor emeritus in the Department of Health, Aging and Society.

“But the reality is Canada has been planning for boomers since World War II. We built schools, hospitals and roads and there is no reason we can’t continue to plan.”

Denton was part of a panel discussion about affordable housing for seniors at CivicAction’s Better City Bootcamp. It was billed as a regional summit for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, bringing together about 650 political, business and civic leaders.

Many GTA mayors were on hand, including Toronto Mayor John Tory. Hamilton’s Mayor Fred Eisenberger did not attend.

Keanin Loomis, CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, said he was pleased by the Hamilton contingent, which included representatives of McMaster University, Mohawk College, city hospitals and young entrepreneurs.

He said he wasn’t expecting Hamilton to be a central focus.

“I’m encouraged that they’ve embraced the H,” said Loomis, referring to the city’s place in the relatively new regional moniker of GTHA.

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