The Seniors and Healthy Aging works with many partners to support seniors in leading active, socially engaged, and independent lives. With a growing population of seniors that is expected to increase by 43% over the next 20 years, we know that communities will face both new opportunities and challenges in responding to their needs and desires.
Our partners provide a range of services to older adults in Manitoba including advocacy, education and referral, elder abuse counseling and referral, as well as research on aging. We believe that these partnerships are essential to creating age-friendly communities that will ensure the participation, health, independence and security of older persons and contribute to healthy aging in our province.
ABORIGINAL SENIORS RESOURCE CENTRE (ASRC)
- Develop a curriculum for intergenerational programming within Aboriginal schools.
- Publish a book which highlights members’ stories with the purpose of preserving culture.
ACTIVE LIVING COALITION OF OLDER ADULTS IN MANITOBA
- Build capacity within ALCOA-MB (i.e. create partnerships with new organizations and strengthen existing partnerships, continue to build older adult volunteer base, and increase communication with partner organizations).
- Coordinate provincial efforts to promote healthy lifestyles for older adults
- Develop a communications/marketing strategy to promote healthy aging throughout the Province (i.e. via newsletter, web-site).
- Continue to promote the Active Living Gear Kit and loan it out to communities throughout Manitoba.
- Continue to support peer leaders by providing on-going support, training, and recognition.
- Identify new opportunities for peer leadership.
A & O: SUPPORT SERVICES FOR OLDER ADULTS
- Continue to provide shuttle bus service to older adults living in a number of Winnipeg communities.
- Expand the Senior Centre without Walls Program into rural Manitoba and First Nations Communities. Also offer programming in French when possible. Senior Centre without Walls provides programming via telephone for socially isolated seniors such as discussion groups, and lectures.
- Facilitate the Paws with A Cause: Therapy Dog Program which matches isolated older adults with volunteer visitors and their St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs. Once matched, the older adult will receive comfort, companionship, social interaction and active living opportunities through regular visits from their Therapy Dog.
CREATIVE RETIREMENT MANITOBA
- Developing and implementing a communication and marketing campaign;
- Investigating and implementing a new administration system.
- Creating new partnerships and strengthening existing partnerships.
- Offering programs or events in recognition of CRM’s 30th Anniversary.
LA FÉDÉRATION DES AÎNÉS FRANCO‑MANITOBAINS (FAFM)
- Promote the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative within the Francophone community.
- Develop the marketing strategy targeting individuals 50+, including using the radio program “Prends le temps” on Envol 91.1 to promote FAFM, their services, clubs and special events in the francophone community.
- Continue to encourage and support FAFM clubs to partner with francophone and French immersion schools for intergenerational activities.
- Provide transportation at a reduced rate to older adults throughout Manitoba to FAFM events and investigate the sustainability of this transportation program.
GOOD NEIGHBOURS ACTIVE LIVING CENTRE
- Develop and implement the Older Workers Pilot Project. The project will provide employment opportunities for older adults while providing a home-related service (cleaning, yard work, maintenance, repairs) to other older adults living in the community.
THE MANITOBA ASSOCIATION OF SENIOR CENTRES
- Continue to promote and support the AFMI throughout the province by offering an Age-Friendly Manitoba Grant Program for their member organizations. Senior centres will be able to apply to MASC for funding to support projects which fit within one of the 8 Age-Friendly domains. MASC will also ensure that the senior centres report back on their projects.
- Provide support, including Board Development and Orientation, to new senior centres throughout the Province.
- Increase communication between staff and Board members of various senior centres.
- Develop new promotional materials for MASC and their member senior centres, update and re-print MASC brochures.
- Host the Age-Friendly Manitoba Resource Team, which provides support to age-friendly communities throughout Manitoba.
TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS NETWORK FOR SENIORS IN MANITOBA (TONS)
- Capacity Building within TONS by building partnerships with new stakeholders and strengthen existing partnerships with key stakeholders; developing a diverse funding base; and increasing communication with partners.
- Support the work and to assist in facilitating meetings of TONS’ Rural Transportation Committee.
- Act as a resource to Age-Friendly Manitoba Communities for transportation information, education, and resources.
- Continue to coordinate Travel Training sessions in partnership with Winnipeg Transit to increase ridership among seniors.
- Work with taxi companies to promote age-friendly service.
- Utilize web-site and e-newsletter to education professionals, seniors and their families on senior transportation issues.
ASSOCIATION OF MANITOBA MUNICIPALITIES
- Key partner in the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative; supporting and promoting age-friendly throughout Manitoba.
UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA CENTRE ON AGING
- Key partner in the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative supports include research, promotion, innovation and evaluation.
MANITOBA CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
- Key partner in the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative.
- Develop and pilot a Manitoba Age-Friendly Business Excellence Program.
For more information about age friendly communities in Manitoba visit www.agefriendlymanitoba.ca.