Aging Alone Together
Much has been made of Toronto's fascination with high-rise living, especially among millennials and young professionals. But hidden beneath the broader trend towards vertical living is a population of aging boomers set to leave their homes.
Between 2006 and 2016, the number of high-rise apartment units headed by a senior grew by 28 percent. This is significantly more than the general increase in the seniors population, suggesting a shift in housing choices towards vertical living.
Within the boundaries of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), the downtown core of the city, there are now over 200 apartment, condo, and co-op buildings where at least 40 percent of the residents are seniors. According to the 2016 census,
1 IN 4 TORONTONIANS
OVER THE AGE OF 65 LIVE ALONE.
Instead of living alone in their own homes, many aging Toro