Manitoba

Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat

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Staying Safe

Ensuring personal safety and security is key to overall well-being and injury prevention. Promote safety by learning about:

  • preventing falls
  • getting help after a fall or other emergency in the home
  • practicing personal safety
  • knowing what to do if you have been victimized
  • preventing elder abuse
  • knowing where to get help if you, or someone you know, may be an elder abuse victim
  • knowing, in advance, where to get supplies and help in case of a disaster

The following links have information about important programs and services in each of these areas.  In case of emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number.

http://www.gov.mb.ca/shas/publications/docs/seniors_safety_fact_sheets.pdf

Legal Matters

The Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat (SHAS) publishes a free Legal Information Guide for Seniors. It has information about wills, power of attorney and health care directives. To get a copy, call SHAS at 204-945-6565 in Winnipeg, toll free in Manitoba 1-800-665-6565 or http://www.gov.mb.ca/shas/publications/docs/guide_for_seniors.pdf.

SafetyAid

The SafetyAid program addresses safety and security of older adults by delivering home safety and falls prevention audits for community-based older adults living in Manitoba.

  • Falls Prevention: provides educational resources, information and onsite falls prevention audits to community-based older adults in areas of Manitoba that offer the program. 
  • Crime Prevention: provides educational resources, information and an onsite crime prevention home audit in areas of Manitoba that offer the program.

For more information about the program or to make an appointment, visit A & O:  Support Services for Older Adults Inc., (live link: http://www.ageopportunity.mb.ca/services/safetyaid.htm.)

Overcoming Addictions

The Manitoba government funds many organizations that help people and their families affected by substance abuse or gambling problems. Programs are also available for those affected by someone else’s addiction. For more information, visit www.gov.mb.ca/healthyliving/addictions/index.html.

For more information, call the Seniors Information Line at 204-945-6565 in Winnipeg or toll free 1-800-665-6565 or the Manitoba Addictions Information Line at toll free in Manitoba 1-855-662-6605.

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