In 2018 a small group of people came together with an idea to improve the lives of older adults in the Oakridge community. At the time, 19% of Oakridge residents were 65 years and older, making it the community with the largest number of older adults, according to the 2015 Calgary census.
Since the beginning, a steady growth in the number of older adults living in Oakridge and surrounding communities has encouraged the growth and creation of new services where they can feel connected. Oakridge Seniors Association was established to meet these needs but after Covid hit, it was clear that the greatest need was social connection. In response, OSA grew into SW 55+ Connect. This name change widened our service area but narrowed our focus in order to serve our members better.
SW 55+ Connect continues to evolve to meet the needs of older adults in the SW Calgary communities it serves.