One of the services that I heard about recently that's a good service is what the city's doing to work with EPS [Edmonton Police Service] and the seniors of organizations on addressing elder abuse. And working with Sage on the safe house. Elder abuse is on the rise. Fraud, unfortunately, is on the rise as well. I've also heard though, that there needs to be a lot more in that area.
I think we need to look at a more ‘community hub’ approach. We have our seniors' organizations--and I know that they're doing amazing work--but I have heard that it's tough for seniors who are not near any type of seniors’ centre. I think we can take a community hub approach, and bring seniors together, for example, with community leagues, and offer more programming.
And I think the other thing that we need to do is collaborate more effectively and listen to the groups that are helping the seniors on what you think we can do. Where should we be putting our resources? Door to door services is one thing I'm hearing. Another thing I'm certainly interested in is the work that you folks are all doing to have virtual services that are there that they [seniors] can access so they can enjoy life while they're dealing with this pandemic and are isolated.
When I was on council, we gave zoning to West Edmonton Mall to put a seniors' facility on top of that mall. I have not seen that happen to this day. And I always ask them, "why not?" because a lot of seniors say they love walking inside during the winter in that mall. It's very large, it's a great opportunity to interact with people. I think we want to work with the private sector and see what more we can do. Certainly, community hubs are something that I'm interested in seeing happen.