SHARING STORIES & EXPLORING YOUR COMMUNITY
Headingley Historical Society Event
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Headingley Community Centre
5353 Portage Avenue
WINTER MOBILITY DEVICE RESEARCH STUDY
The University of Manitoba is conducting a research study to assist older adult mobility aid users to increase their community participation during the winter.
Participants needed for the study are community members, aged 70 or older, who use a mobility aid such as a cane, walker or manual or power wheelchair, and feel limited in their ability to go out in the winter.
The participant will work with an occupational therapist to identify community–based activities that he/she would like to try in the winter. Together, they will put a plan in place to participate in these activities over the winter.
If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact:
Jacquie Ripat at the University of Manitoba by phone at 204-789-3303 or email: Jacquie.Ripat@umanitoba.ca
7 Tips for Snowbirds Travelling with the Lower Loonie
As Canadian Snowbirds head south, there are some who are doing this for the first time and some who are old hands at the process. No matter which one you are, it is helpful to have sound advice before you cross the border, especially with the Canadian dollar in a weakened state. Serious consideration needs to be taken re how far your dollar will go. A little research can alleviate unforeseen difficult circumstances.
This link will take you to a site that will provide you with sound advice:
IS HAVING A WILL NECESSARY?
Having a will is important.
People often believe the property they do own will automatically pass to the right person whether or not they have a will. If you don’t have a will, this may not always be true; if you have a valid will, your wishes will be followed.
A will disposes of your property under law as you would wish and covers unforeseen circumstances in your life. Even if you think you own nothing of value, a will enables you to take care of items of sentimental value, property that might be inherited before death, or money acquired at death through life insurance, pension benefits or court awards.
REASONS TO HAVE A WILL
Ensures your personal wishes are followed. It is an act of kindness and consideration to surviving family members who will al ready be suffering emotionally.
Without a will, the court will have to appoint an administrator. In some cases, this person will have to purchase a bond to ensure satisfactory administration.
A court appointed administrator has less power to deal with the estate than has an executor.
Enables your executor to ensure the orderly succession of ownership and control of estate assets. The details of estate planning and related tax implications are complex and can be such that a professional needs to help you set up the details.
If you die without a will, your estate will be distributed according to the inflexible provisions of the law, with no consideration for your personal wishes.
Specific instructions for minor children and grandchildren are important. The portion of the estate going to a minor is held in a trust. Trusts may also be useful to achieve tax savings.
Guardianship of Minors
A will is also one way to clearly state your wishes concerning guardianship of minor children. Although a court must make the final decision in guardianship, instructions in a will can be taken into account as a persuasive statement of preference.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis literally means “porous bones”. It’s a disease that causes a person’s bones to become weak and brittle. A bone density decreases, the risks of fractures and serious injury from fractures goes up.
A Silent Disease
The early signs of osteoporosis aren’t obvious. Fortunately, your doctor or healthcare provider can use a simple, painless bone density test to see how strong your bones are. About 20% of seniors who fracture a hip will die in the year following the fracture.
A Special Concern For Women
Millions of North Americans suffer from osteoporosis and 80% are women. A woman’s risk of hip fracture is equal to her combined risk of breast cancer, cancer of the uterus and ovarian cancer.
A Vicious Cycle
Osteoporosis sets up a ‘vicious cycle’. A bone breaks, which leads to pain, immobility, fear of falling and reduced activity. Inactivity, in turn, causes the person’s bones to become even weaker and more vulnerable.
What are the Risk Factors?
Anyone can develop osteoporosis, but some people are at higher risk. The more of these that apply to you, the greater the concern:
For more information on this, check out this website: www.osteoporosis.ca