Victoria BC has long since outgrown its rather uncouth reputation as being occupied by “the newly wed and the nearly dead”. Today it is a vibrant city surrounded by appealing communities home to a population diverse in ethnicity and demographics. But retirement living in Victoria is still popular with people from across Canada and even further.
Chief among the reasons that Victoria is a favoured location for people who are retired from the regular workforce is the temperate climate. Compared with the rest of Canada, it’s really pleasant here for most of the year, and when you have time to spare, you want the freedom to get out and enjoy outdoor activities often.
And because Victoria has long been attractive to retirees, the city has a lot to offer to older residents. There are social clubs geared towards this demographic, offering seniors activities and senior centers offering opportunities to meet other seniors, which can be critical to aging happily.
There are retirement communities of all sorts, including:
- Over 50 gated neighborhoods;
- Over 55 affordable housing;
- Over 55 luxury apartments, condos and townhomes, and
- Retirement communities offering various levels of assisted living, from
- Independent living;
- Assisted living, and
- Long term care homes
Some seniors don’t relish the idea of moving from the home they are familiar with, and prefer to hire a home-care service to provide whatever level of help they need.
Today’s seniors and retired people are healthier and more active than ever before, due to advances in geriatric care and general knowledge about how to stay healthy throughout our lives. But for those who face challenges to their health as they age, there are excellent treatment and rehabilitation services available in Victoria. There are more geriatric specialists and therapists per capita in Victoria than in most Canadian cities, because of the number of retirees living in Victoria.
For seniors who are trying to decide where to spend their golden years, retirement living in Victoria is very attractive. A large community of your peers, a temperate climate that is amenable to lots of activities, many options for housing at different levels of care and access to excellent medical care, treatment and rehabilitation mean that there will always be a large number of seniors who enjoy living in Victoria.
I am just thinking of moving from Alberta to Victoria. I have lived in my home for 46 years. I am a senior a little over 67, what is the medical service like, and how much does the medical service cost?. What is the health care system like? What has to be done before I attempt this move?
When you arrive in BC you should immediately enrol with BC’s MSP, it takes about 3 months to obtain, during which time you should still be covered by your Alberta MSP. The cost of the plan varies depending on your income. You can find more information here: http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp/infoben/index.html
We think you’ll love living in Victoria!