Three members of the CARP South Fraser chapter executive meet with April Lewis

Three members of the CARP South Fraser chapter executive meet with April Lewis

Link between where you live and quality of life explored

The psychology and dynamics of aging creates a critical imperative for planning where we choose to age.

A meeting Thursday will address the issue  of whether where you live affects your quality of life as you age.

It is the inaugural meeting of the new CARP (formerly Canadian Association of Retired People) South Fraser chapter #48. It will be held at Langley Township council chambers (Fraser River Presentation Theatre), 20338 65 Ave., starting at 6:30p.m.

Keynote speaker is international conference speaker and author, Rhonda Latreille. She will share how the psychology and dynamics of aging creates a critical imperative for planning where we choose to age and how this will greatly impact our quality of life. Inspired by the successful United Nations-endorsed Age-Friendly City and Rural Communities initiatives; Latreille founded an organization that elevates the needs and customer experience for people 45 and older. More information can be found at http://www.cpcacanada.com.

CARP Chapter #48 chair and Langley Township Councillor Kim Richter said: “Designing communities so people can age in place is of critical and growing importance in the South Fraser region. We need people to stay in our communities as they age, because their contributions to the development of our communities are what have made, and will continue to make, the South Fraser such a vital and dynamic area to live, work, and play.

“CARP is an important advocacy agency for issues affecting the aging population. We need their voice here to help ensure that our Zoomer and seniors’ issues will not be overlooked as our communities continue to grow and expand.”

At the event, South Fraser OnTrax co-founder Nathan Pachal will speak on the linkage between where we live and our transportation needs moving forward as people age. South Fraser OnTrax is a sponsor of this CARP South Fraser Chapter #48 event.

Times editor Frank Bucholtz will serve as moderator for the event.

Everyone is welcome. You do not have to be a member of CARP to attend. Door prizes will be given away and a social time with free refreshments will follow the meeting.

The event runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with social time to follow,

Those wishing to attend should RSVP  by email to: southfrasercarp@gmail.com.

CARP is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization with over 360,000 members. See http://www.carp.ca for more information.

South Fraser Chapter # 48 chapter serves Langley Township, Langley City and the City of Abbotsford and is made up of people who volunteer their time to put their talent, knowledge and sense of community spirit to work in our area. The chapter helps keep members informed and involved. It provides opportunities for members to develop ideas and activities of interest to the community, support CARP’s advocacy, and meet new people. Although a newly-formed chapter, the South Fraser chapter already has over 800 members.