University of Manitoba Winter Mobility 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:

Percy Bryant makes his way over railroad tracks through ice and snow as he rides his motorized wheelchair near city hall in Camden, N.J., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

SNOWBIRDS: 7 Tips for Travelling with the Lower Loonie

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 making 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.



Personal Wishes
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.

Estate Management
A court appointed administrator has less power to deal with the estate than has an executor.

Estate Planning
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.

Property Distribution
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.

Other reasons….

  • Common-law partners
  • People who wish to leave nothing to certain family members
  • People who own land outside the province
  • People whose residence is unsettled
  • People who have recently married or are thinking of doing so
  • People who are thinking of living as common-law partners
  • People who are separated or divorced
  • Older adults who may be under pressure to dispose of their property
  • People who have children with special needs

Last Will and Testament document with quill pen and handwriting




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:

  • Female (though men can also be at risk)
  • Slender build
  • Past menopause
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Low-calcium diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Cigarette smoking
  • More than moderate use of alcohol
  • Caucasian or Asian

For more information on this, check out this website:



Intergenerational relationships……

  • Lead to respect amongst geneartions
  • Provide opportunities to learn and share
  • Benefit all ages

Intergenerational relationships are part of ensuring safe, respectful communities for all ages.

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Dispelling myths and stereotypes about aging is essential to creating age friendly communities

Research indicates that postive intergenerational relationships are key to preventing abuse of older adults.  Communities in Manitoba have had great success in developing intergenerational programs.


Grandfather and grandson playing chess

To discover some of the possibilities, visit

Let’s connect the young and old together!