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Resources for Service Providers

Power Point Presentations and Annual Planning Reports

WRHA Support Services to Seniors Toolkits

WRHA Healthy Eating and Nutrition

Fall Prevention

  • Safety Aid Falls Prevention This link gives an overview of A & O: Support Services for Older Adults'  evidence-based community fall prevention program for older adults aged 65 years and older living in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Staying on your feet. Taking Steps to Prevent Falls This link offers an overview of Falls as a serious health risk for all ages. It may come as a surprise that falling is a leading cause of hospitalization and death. In the Winnipeg Health Region, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among those 65 years of age and older and are responsible for two-thirds (68%) of all unintentional injury-related deaths in that age group.

Population Reports

  • Community Area Profiles This link provides information about the health of our population
  • Maps of WRHA Population  This link provides information on the Winnipeg Health Region: Community Areas and Neighbourhood Clusters.
  • Population Report This link provides population data shown in this report are based on records of residents registered with Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living.

Prevention of Abuse Towards Older Adults

  • A&O: Supports Services for Older Adults Elder Abuse Services This link provides an overview on Elder Abuse prevention services and referrals for consulting around elder abuse issues, one-on-one support and counselling, Safe Suite Program referrals, communication support groups for older parents/grandparents, assistance with Protection Orders and more.
  • Safe Suite program This link provides information on temporary housing for men, women and couples, 55+ who are in need of a safe place due to abuse or neglect and whose needs cannot be effectively met by existing abuse/crisis services.
  • Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse This link provides an overview of this national non-profit organization focused on elder abuse prevention and response.  Founded in 1998, the organization is lead by a volunteer Board including members from every province and territory in Canada
  • It's Not right: Neighbours, Friends and Families of Older Adults  This link gives an overview on a pan-Canadian approach to address abuse and neglect of older adults
  • National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly  (NICE) This link provides information on an international network of researchers, practitioners, and students dedicated to improving the care of older adults, both in Canada and abroad.
  • Prevent Elder Abuse Manitoba  (PEAM) This link gives an overview on the partnership of Manitoba-based organizations.  The Network's goals are to act as a central point of contact for provincial efforts, to support regional and community initiatives to prevent abuse of older adults and to raise public awareness of elder abuse throughout the province.
  • Protection for Persons in Care Manitoba This link provides information on Regional health authorities, professional associations and regulatory bodies, and health facility staff and management co-operatively monitor and maintain a high standard of care, ensuring a safe environment for patients and residents. The Protection for Persons In Care Act (the Act) is a law to help protect adults from abuse while receiving care in personal care homes, hospitals or any other designated health facility.
  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) This link provides information on activities to bring greater recognition of mistreatment of older adults wherever they live throughout the world, and to highlight the need for appropriate action

Aging in Place

Social Engagement

  • Centre of Aging – Social Participation and Its Benefits The Centre on Aging examined the benefits of social participation on the health and well-being of older adults, as well as the role senior centres play in promoting the health and well-being of older adults who use them.
  • Campaign to End Loneliness - Connections in Older Age The Campaign to End Loneliness inspires thousands of organizations and people to do more to tackle loneliness in older age. They are a network of national, regional organizations and people working together through community action, good practice, research and policy. We want to ensure that loneliness is acted upon as a public health priority at national and local levels.
  • HelpAge Canada Canada’s only organization dedicated exclusively to helping older persons in Canada and the developing world. We have 40 years of experience working for older persons and helping them overcome poverty, claim their rights, challenge discrimination and helping them lead dignified, secure, and healthy lives. HelpAge Canada is a founding member of HelpAge International and is part of a global network of organizations operating in more than 80 countries that help thousands every day.
  • Measuring your impact to end loneliness in later life The Campaign to End Loneliness has worked with over 50 organizations, researchers and older people in our Learning Network to develop information and advice on choosing and using a scale to measure the impact of your services on loneliness.
  • Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere (RISE) – Spectrum Spectrum - Social isolation and loneliness are major social, health and quality of life issues for older people. Over time, their mental and physical health deteriorate, sometimes to the point where they become “invisible”. But it doesn’t have to be that way… The goal of the Spectrum is to help you identify the risks… and the possible actions to take. Information sheet.
  • Social isolation of seniors - Volume 1: Understanding the issue and finding solutions This volume is the first of two documents produced by the Forum of Federal/ Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors to help organizations and individuals approach the social isolation of seniors. It updates and builds upon to Working Together for Seniors: A Toolkit to Promote Seniors’ Social Integration in Community Services, Programs, and Policies (2007), also produced by the Forum.
  • Social Isolation of Seniors - Volume II: Ideas exchange event toolkit This toolkit is meant to help people and organizations host effective meetings to exchange ideas and respond to the social isolation of seniors in their communities. It contains tools, templates and support resources for hosting an ideas exchange event.
  • Through the Eyes of an Older Adult The stories in this booklet were developed to tell a story or to paint a vivid picture on how organizations engage older adults and communities in delivering services.
  • Targeting Isolation

Mental Health and Physical Health Promotion

Volunteerism

  • Volunteer Manitoba – Support groups and individuals in the voluntary sector to develop and enhance their capacity to anticipate, understand, celebrate, and meet community needs in Manitoba. Our vital contributions to the community include connecting people with volunteer opportunities, promoting volunteerism, and providing leadership and counsel in the non-profit and voluntary sector.
  • WRHA Volunteer Services – Volunteers are engaged in a variety of ways and opportunities are available in hospitals, long term care facilities and community programs and services.
    • Volunteer services good practice guidelines (Intranet access required)
    • Working with Volunteers (Intranet access required)
    • For any Support Services to Seniors funded agency that cannot access the intranet to access these documents, please email volunteer@wrha.mb.ca

Further Community Websites

  • 211 Manitoba provides information on health and social services throughout the province.
  • Active Aging in Manitoba (AAIM) promotes programs that enable older Manitobans to stay socially connected, participate in regular physical activity, eat healthy foods and reduce risk for falls and injury.
  • Age Friendly Communities older adults can lead healthy and active lives and stay involved in their communities. Making communities age-friendly is believed to be one of the best ways to do this.
  • Centre on Aging Manitoba with its partners generates, supports, and promotes interdisciplinary research on aging at Manitoba universities to improve the lives of older adults, their family, caregivers, and communities.
  • Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum is an intergovernmental body established to share information, discuss new and emerging issues related to older adults, and work collaboratively on key projects.
  • Men's Sheds Canada is a peer-run group that aims to build relationships between Canadian sheds, help new ones get started, and raise awareness about the friendly, inclusive, and creative spaces that sheds can offer.
  • National Seniors Strategy could provide us exactly the focus and commitment we need to ensure Canada can become the best country to grow up and grow old in.
  • Seniors and Health Aging provides links to Manitoba government programs and services, strategies, community supports, housing and aging in place options, caregiving, age-friendly and legal matters, income security, benefits and retirement planning.
  • Transportation Options Network for Seniors inform and educate Manitobans on transportation options that enhance quality of life and promote age-friendly communities.