S.E.I’s Villa Alfred Xavier, or VAX, is a pilot
project proposal that is a vital part of a 4th phase
in its research related to seniors’ education,
lifestyles, culture, health, needs, et al, that aims
to promote common denominators that can lead to
higher living standards for them, at more affordable
S.E.I’s research clearly shows a strong link not
just between happiness and health, but also in a
need for participaCtion in society, especially when
it is coupled with valorizing activities, and
whether remunerative in nature or not
We have a tendency to think of housing as a single
But the reality is that housing is multi-use, with
doctors’ private practice offices and SoHos being
only the more publically visible indicators of this
aspect of housing.
Current research efforts on the links between
seniors’ health, finances, housing and living
environment and their overall health services
requirements are still in their infancy but already
indicate what many have known for along time:
“Happiness Equals Healthy Life”.
Regrettably, developed cultures have “evolved” to
the point were they now “put aside” their seniors as
so much “useless” cohorts.
S.E.I’s research has been motivated by observations
of developed cultures that have “evolved” to the
point were they now “put aside” their seniors as so
much “useless” cohorts.
Note that this conundrum is occurring not only in
Canada but also around the world wherever a society
attains a certain level of population wealth.
S.E.I’s research has also been motivated by talks in
the media and other venues of a crisis in health and
related services in the coming years as the overall
population ages into its “golden years”.
Regrettably, we have also, and actually continue to
hear about shortages in seniors' health services
combined with an increase in fees for such services.
We are seeing more and more articles that elaborate
quite vividly on the plight of some families.
Families considered average, as much financially as
in available resources to take care of ageing family
A sad state of affairs for sure.
But what about the flip side?
study by the Toronto District Health Council many
years ago confirmed that there was waste in
Out of a million visits, only 200,000 qualified as
true emergencies. With an average cost of $100 per
such visit, we are talking about a "loss" of
Hence cuts backs in services as government and
related organizations try to balance their budgets
to meet seniors’ rising expectations coupled with
exponential growth in demand.
As researcher David Globerman of the Running to
Daylight Foundation of Toronto stated: "All that is
ok for people who can afford private care, or those
with lower than average revenues who qualify for
subsidized care... but there is a group with average
revenues who become impoverished when they have to
provide such services themselves.”
He went further, stating that: “As a society, we do
not valorize them (seniors).
And when there is a shortage of resources, they fall
to the bottom of the barrel."
We could continue to talk on and on about the
services, their quality, in "residences" and other
health care centres for the aged, but you get the
picture… a bleak picture for sure!
So enough talk!
Time for action.
Seniors are looking for alternatives, not just in
health services, but also in housing.
S.E.I’s research shows that there is a third element
at play in this phenomenon.
That is why the principal objective of S.E.I’s Villa
Alfred Xavier is to maintain and even enhance the
"global health" of resident-members... retirees
(aged 55 to 70, or more) who are still autonomous.
Comfort, security, attention to details, small
luxuries, economics of scale, activities and
valorization… they all lead to happiness which leads
to a healthy life.
To do this, VAX will offer services that have a
synergistic positive influence on the living
environment of these seniors, while at the same time
helping them to maintain a healthy valorization.
The complex will include specialized lodging that
will be affordable to all members (who do not
qualify for subsidized public housing, and do not
have a large enough revenue base to pay for condo
type luxury on their own), as well as activities and
services that will help them to make ends meet, plus
accentuate the prestige of the project.
S.E.I’s Villa Alfred Xavier Manor, or VAX, is a
pilot project proposal that is a vital part of a 4th
phase in its research related to education, student
lifestyles, culture, seniors’ needs, et al, that
aims to promote common denominators that can lead to
higher living standards for seniors, at more
In order to ensure management transparency and a
profit for resident-investor-members, the Villa
Alfred Xavier Manor will be incorporated as a
private for-profit provincial entity, and will allow
resident-members to actively participate in the
management of the residence-Villa, and to
individually profit from same.
It is S.E.I’s hope that its Villa Alfred Xavier
Manor complex will eventually serve as a model for
other seniors’ housing projects by showcasing the
health, both mental and physical, and emotional
benefits of participaCtion in a quality environment
that is not only intergenerational in nature, but
also emphasizes activities, and valorization, worthy
of their efforts… proving that they are not a
“useless” cohort, but rather a “fountain of
knowledge and experience”.
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