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  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022 9:18 AM | Anonymous

    October 1stInternational Day of Older Persons

    2022 Theme: The Resilience and Contributions of Older Women

    October 1st of each year is National Seniors Day, which coincides with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP 2022) and is an occasion for Canadians to celebrate the profound contributions of seniors in our homes, communities and workplaces.

    Please visit the United Nations International Day of Older Persons website for more information and take some time to visit one of their highlighted YouTube videos:

    Change the Way You Think About Age! Centenarians Answer the Right Questions...

  • Thursday, September 15, 2022 10:09 AM | Anonymous

     Physical activity during prostate cancer – treatment and beyond

    September is the month to raise awareness in support of men living with prostate cancer in Canada. That support includes programs, services, and information that can help manage life with cancer and beyond into survivorship. This article highlights the importance of staying or getting active after a prostate cancer diagnosis.

    Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men. About 1 in 8 men will get this disease.1 

    The research cannot tell us yet whether physical activity reduces the risk of getting prostate cancer.2 But we do know that physical activity can reduce the effects of cancer and its treatments.

    Physical activity extends life and improves outcomes

    There is research showing that physical activity reduces death after a prostate cancer diagnosis by 38%.3 


    There is also strong evidence that regular physical activity during and after cancer treatment improves health outcomes and quality of life.4 For instance, it reduces problems that can arise during treatment and last a long time, like:

    ·     fatigue

    ·     anxiety

    ·     depressive symptoms

    Scientists are still studying if physical activity can also help with nausea, pain, sexual function, and nerve damage from cancer treatment. While individuals receiving a life-altering cancer diagnosis have many other concerns, taking the time for physical activity can help and may have the ability to reduce the effects of cancer and its treatments.

    Is it safe to exercise?

    Yes. Most men can start a low-intensity aerobic and resistance training program (with gradual progression) without any additional medical clearance. If you have other health conditions, such as heart disease, peripheral neuropathy, extreme fatigue, or poor bone health (particularly if there is bone metastases) then talk to your oncologist for medical clearance.4 The doctor may refer you to an exercise professional who has had training in various types of cancers and their treatments. The exercise professional can modify an exercise routine to ensure it is safe for you.


    A safe exercise routine can be tailored to fit each person at each stage -- during treatment, after surgery, and into survivorship. Ask if your hospital or local wellness centre has a cancer rehabilitation centre.

    What kind of exercise should I do?

    To maximize your health outcomes, research suggests your program should include:

    ·     moderate-intensity aerobic training at least 3 times a week, for at least 30 minutes and

    ·     resistance training 2-3 times a week, with at least 2 sets of 8 to 15 repetitions.4 


    It is important to include both types of exercise. Aerobic training strengthens the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. People can have a decline in their aerobic fitness during cancer treatment. Some treatments can actually increase the risk of heart disease. But being physically active can help maintain and even increase aerobic fitness.4 Resistance training strengthens the muscles. Losing muscle mass and muscle strength is common with cancer treatment. It is a special concern for men who get hormone therapy for prostate cancer. It can be a challenge to maintain muscle mass during this time. Resistance training can help.5 

    Dealing with fatigue

    Anyone who goes through cancer treatment gets tired. You may be less able to be physically active as a result.

    But some people find that physical activity helps with the fatigue. Many sense a pattern of when they have more energy during the week and use that time to move around more or exercise. Some even feel like physical activity helps them tolerate the treatments better.


    But if you are just feeling too tired, that’s okay. Try to think about ‘sitting less and moving more’, even if it’s just standing up or light activities around the house. In other words, try to break up the amount of sitting or lying down time.


    Coping with other barriers to being active with prostate cancer

    Men dealing with prostate cancer treatment have other barriers to staying or becoming active6. For instance:

    ·     Bladder control (urinary incontinence), or worrying about it, may get in the way of being active.

    ·     Men who live in rural areas may not have access to health professionals or programs that can give them the support they need to be active.

    ·     Men with lower physical function or lower mental quality of life have lower levels of physical activity and its harder for them to adopt a more active lifestyle.


    Below are resources that can help you overcome barriers. Whether it’s a convenient at-home video program, finding a local qualified exercise specialist or finding a group physical activity opportunity, every step you take, takes you closer to a better quality of life.



    Being Active When You Have Cancer



    Moving Through Cancer program for Prostate Cancer



    Home Exercise Program Videos from Prostate Cancer Supportive Care



    Cancer Exercise Program Directory for Canada



    Search for Rehabilitation and Exercise services with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Community Services Locator



    Learn about tips to make physical activity a fun and safe part of your life with this Active Aging Canada brochure on ‘Getting Active After Cancer Treatment’:



    Learn about the different types of physical activity and how to get started:




    1.  Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2022. Canadian Cancer Society; 2022: https://cancer.ca/en/research/cancer-statistics.

    2.  Leitão et al. The Impact of Lifestyle on Prostate Cancer: A Road to the Discovery of New Biomarkers. J Clin Med. May; 11(10): 2925. 2022.

    3.  McTiernan et al. Physical Activity in Cancer Prevention and Survival: A Systematic Review, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: Volume 51, Issue 6, p1252-1261, 2019.

    4.  Campbell, Kristin L. et al. Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors: Consensus Statement from International Multidisciplinary Roundtable. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: Volume 51 - Issue 11 - p 2375-2390. 2019

    5.  Gardner et al. Effects of exercise on treatment-related adverse effects for patients with prostate cancer receiving androgen-deprivation therapy: a systematic review. J Clin Oncol. 1;32(4):335-46. 2014.

    6.  Stone et al. Determinants of changes in physical activity from pre-diagnosis to post-diagnosis in a cohort of prostate cancer survivors. Support Care Cancer. Aug;27(8):2819-2828. 2019.


    Liza Stathokostas, PhD

    Research Director

    Active Aging Canada

  • Wednesday, September 14, 2022 12:09 PM | Anonymous

    Questions for Candidates!

    Elections are coming up!  The Manitoba Seniors Coalition created a list of questions you are encouraged to ask candidates. 

    Please feel free to share this information with your members, board members, any any networks you might have.

    Older people should be on the agenda for the municipal election on October 26!  Click below for questions to ask pertaining to ageism, age friendly communities & housing, transportation, mental health & wellness....


    MB Seniors Coalition - Questions for Candidates

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2022 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    Dr. Benedict Albensi and his research study team are looking to test the effects of flax beverage on memory and cognition.

    We are looking for 60 generally healthy males and females between the ages of 60 and 84.

    The St. Boniface Hospital visits will involve cognition and memory testing, blood pressure measurement and fasting blood draw. 

    If you are interested and would like more information, please call 204-235-3941 or email flaxmemory@sbrc.ca.

  • Monday, September 12, 2022 9:39 AM | Anonymous



    September 17 is World Patient Safety Day: Let’s prevent medication overload

    Photo: iStock

    Did you know? Around the globe, September 17 is the World Health Organization World Patient Safety Day. This year’s theme is Medication Safety: Medication Without Harm and Manitoba Association of Senior Communities is excited to be helping spread the word to promote the safe use of medications.

    Medications can help us in many different ways. But medications can also cause us harm. When we take more medications than we need, it is called medication overload. Medication overload also means taking too many medications that, together, cause more harm than good.

    Medication overload can cause drug interactions and harmful side effects such as falls and fractures, memory loss, hospitalizations and even death. Medication overload affects a lot of people: did you know that 1 in 10 hospital admissions in older adults are the result of a medication side effect?

    Find out how to prevent medication overload by checking out this short and engaging brochure : click here to access the brochure. Help us prevent medication overload: share this resource with your friends and family!

    You can also check out deprescribingnetwork.ca to discover other medication safety resources.

  • Monday, September 12, 2022 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    We want to hear from Canadians 55+ about ageing in place

    We are pleased to be working with Parachute Canada to spread the news of the first event in a series of Community Conversations co-created with seniors for seniors. Please share the event information below. Apologies if you are receiving this in duplicate.

    Does your home suit your needs? Now and into the future?

    Join the first in a series of Community Conversations on Wednesday, September 21st from 12-1:30pm (ET). The first session focuses on maintaining and building independence at home, wherever that is for you. Together, we’ll discuss home modifications and other considerations to make to ensure you are happy with where you are living now and in the future.


    These Community Conversations are funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program and are co-created with seniors, for seniors. They are meant to create a virtual gathering space connecting seniors to share and address the issues that matter most to them when it comes to aging in place healthily and safely. You will have the opportunity to connect with other seniors across Canada, talk to an expert, learn about resources available to you and share your own experiences if you wish to. You can register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctcu2prDMrGtxjsJyD1aysMxUgVL17rZ4O

    Be sure to register early. Space is limited to the first 100 people.


    The topic of discussion for the first conversation has been set, but event organizers are looking for people 55 years or older to fill out a brief survey to inform the focus of future sessions. To find out more and fill out the survey go to: https://parachutecanada.questionpro.com/CommunityConversationsSeniors


    More about Community Conversations

    These Community Conversations are funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program and are co-created with seniors, for seniors. They are meant to create a virtual gathering space connecting seniors to share and address the issues that matter most to them when it comes to aging in place healthily and safely. You will have the opportunity to connect with other seniors across Canada, talk to an expert, learn about resources available to you and share your own experiences if you wish to.

    To learn more about the Community Conversations and to let us know what topics matter most to you when it comes to aging in place visit our program page.

    Learn More

    For more information about the series, visit www.parachute.ca/en/program/for-seniors-by-seniors-community-conversations/


     If you have any questions about the survey or project, please contact Michelle Dueckman (mdueckman@parachute.ca).


    Thank you.

  • Tuesday, June 28, 2022 8:42 AM | Anonymous

    Please read the article below on donations that are needed for Ukrainian refugees. 

    Donations needed for Ukrainian refugees

  • Tuesday, May 24, 2022 10:37 AM | Anonymous

    Seniors Discounts May 24th 2022




    10% off everyday 55+

    Bulk Barn

    10% off Wednesday for 65+


    10% off every 3rd Wednesday 65+

    Shoppers Drug Mart

    20% every Thursday 65+

    With Optimum card does not exceed $50

    M&M Meats

    10% regular priced item, order online for pickup, everyday


    20% off Tuesdays 55+

    The Bay

    20% First Tuesday of the month, 15% off for 60+


    10% off 1st Tuesday of the month 55+

    Salvation Army Thrift

    10% 60+

    Value Village

    30% Tuesday 60+

    Laura Secord

    10% 60+


    Wednesday, Thursday, Sundays 60+


    $1 off every day, $2 off Wednesday 60+


    Discount ticket prices 65+

    Landmark Cinema

    Senior’s day Monday, 20% off admission and concession price

    Winnipeg Art Gallery

    $10 off memberships, $4 off admission 60+

    Can Museum for Human


    Senior rates 65+


    Offers discounts as part of the ticket options


    20% off regular prices, Last Thursday 60+

    Pet Valu

    10% off regular prices, last Thursday 60+

    Red River Coop

    10% 3rd Wednesday 60+

    Goodwill Thrift Store

    10% Tuesday

    The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy

    10% off everyday


    Smitty’s Restaurant

    $5.00 membership-15% off regular meal

    Salisbury House

    Senior’s menu

    Burger King

    Certain items 55+


    10% 65+


    Senior’s menu


    15% 55+


    Certain items 55+


    Discount coffee for seniors

    Thanks to Pembina Active Living.

  • Friday, May 20, 2022 12:21 PM | Anonymous

    Effective May 20, 2022, Manitoba is updating its COVID-19 vaccine booster dose guidance and eligibility as follows:

    1. Decreasing the interval between the last dose in the primary series and a first booster dose from 6 months to at least 4 months.

    2. Decreasing the interval between the first booster and a second booster dose from 6 months to at least 4 months.

    3. Expanding eligibility criteria for second booster doses as follows: o residents of personal care homes and elderly persons’ housing congregate living sites (such as supportive housing and assisted living) with no age limit (no change) o individuals aged 50 or older who live in the community (previously, the age cap was at ≥ 70 years) or individuals 18 to 49 years of age who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (new criterion) o First Nations, Inuit and Metis people aged 30 or older, regardless of where they live (previously, the age cap was at ≥ 50 years)


  • Friday, May 20, 2022 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    Chili con carne

    1. 1 Onion chopped fine
    2. 2 lbs lean ground beef                                                                                       Fry these together until onions are caramelized a bit
    3. 1 28 oz. can of chopped tomatoes (drained)
    4. 1 28 oz. Can of mixed beans (romano, kidney, white and red) or your favorite bean
    5. ¼ cup ketchup
    6. 400 ml Classico sweet basil Marinara sauce (reduce in a sauce pan with some corn starch to thicken before adding to other ingredients
    7. 3 tbsp lime juice
    8. 2 tbsp chili powder ( add more later if not enough)
    9. 1 tsp cumin
    10. 1 tbsp oregano
    11. 2 small cans button mushroom ( 1 would have used fresh mushrooms for small quantity of chili but for a big batch it was faster to use canned)
    12. ½ green pepper, chopped ( use red if you want more color but green has more flavor)

    Simmer for at least 2 hrs.  If too thick add more marinara sauce or beef broth.  If too sloppy ladle out some juice.

    Add more chili powder to your taste as it simmers.  Palates differ significantly.  It is easy to add but cannot be removed.

    This is as close to what you ate as I can make it but it is not exact since cooking in large quantities is not the same as making small batches.  ENJOY!

    You can vary it to make it to your preference.  As Mme Benoit liked to say, “A recipe is like a tune around which you can make a symphony.”  Let your imagination soar.


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