Age and Opportunity
The Genesis of Age & Opportunity
In 1954, the City of Winnipeg was awakened to the needs of its most senior citizens. New developments in medicine had begun extending people's life spans and increased the number of people living into their sixties and up – including a large ratio who came through the depression years when making or saving money was difficult. The Welfare Council of Greater Winnipeg undertook a major study of this new, older population. Prompted in part by the fact that Winnipeg's aged population had almost doubled since 1941, the study was financed by The Winnipeg Foundation and was the first survey of its kind in any Canadian city. It was called Age and Opportunity, and became the agency's namesake.
Age Friendly Manitoba
The Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative was announced in February 2008 at the Age-Friendly Communities Summit in Portage La Prairie. Our vision is to create communities that:
- value and support the contributions of older people;
- celebrate diversity, refute ageism and reduce inequities; and
- provide age-friendly environments and opportunities for healthy choices that enhance independence and quality of life.
Our goal of Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative is simple: To make Manitoba the most age-friendly province in Canada.
Alzheimer Society of Manitoba
The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba exists so that all Manitobans affected by Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia receive the help they need today and have hope for the future.
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Canadian Association for Long Term Care (CALTC)
CALTC is a national organization comprised of provincial associations and long term care providers that deliver publicly-funded health care services for seniors across Canada. CALTC members also represent care providers delivering home support services and care for younger disabled adults.
BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA)
Based in Vancouver, BCCPA's 150+ members provide residential care, assisted living and home support to over 10,000 BC seniors each day. The membership is comprised of non-profit (approx. 35%) and privately operated (approx. 65%) providers who deliver contracted services for the BC's five health authorities.
Denominational Health Association (DHA)
Denominational Health Association (DHA) was established in 1995 to represent the owners of British Columbia's faith-based health care facilities in strengthening understanding between them and government. Our members, who are associated with twelve religious denominations, are the 24 owners of more than 60 facilities. We employ 15,000+ individuals. The combined annual operating budgets of our member organizations is approximately $1.3B. Care is provided across the continuum in 6125 beds.
DHA members are committed to bringing a spiritual and religious values-based dimension to the provision of health services. They have a long history of providing care in BC, going back to 1858 with the establishment of the first hospital in Victoria. Their goal is to respond to the needs of local communities in tending to the sick, the elderly, the poor and the marginalized, by providing compassionate and professional care to all in need, regardless of their beliefs.
Alberta Continuing Care Association (ACCA)
Based in Edmonton, the ACCA is a voluntary, non-profit organization representing owners and operators of continuing care (long term care and designated assisted living) operating over 120 facilities as well as an additional 40 home care and support organizations throughout the province of Alberta. ACCA membership is a unique alliance of Private (43%), non-profit (36%) and public (21%) sector providers of long term care (71%), designated assisted living (10%) and home care and support (19%) organizations delivering Alberta Health Services (AHS) contracted care to over 46,000 Albertans in the continuing care system. ACCA's priority is to increase the quality of care for Albertans in its members' care.
Long Term & Continuing Care Association of Manitoba (LTCAM)
The Long Term & Continuing Care Association of Manitoba (LTCAM) is a not for profit corporation with almost 100 members, representing over 4,500 beds and suites and approximately 5,000 staff across the continuum of care. In 1959, our founding members consisted of a few ‘nursing home’ owners. Today, we represent non-profit (49%) and private (51%) independent living, supportive housing and personal care home residences, spanning all five regional health authorities across Manitoba. Our membership has tripled in the last few years and has become much more diverse. Our primary objective is to advocate on behalf of seniors in Manitoba and the staff at the residences who serve them, throughout the long term care continuum.
Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA)
Based in Toronto, OLTCA has 430 member long term care homes operating in communities throughout Ontario, providing care and accommodation services to nearly 50,000 residents. This represents approximately 70% of the province's total long term care homes and 66% of the long term care residents. OLTCA advocates for practical solutions that advance the capacity of long term care to meet the changing needs of residents. The membership is comprised of not-for-profit, charitable, municipal and private sector care providers delivering contracted services for the Ontario's fourteen health authorities.
AdvantAge Ontario is the provincial association representing not-for-profit providers of long term care, services and housing for seniors. Members include municipal and charitable long term care homes, nonprofit nursing homes, seniors' housing projects and community service agencies. Member organizations operate over 27,000 long term care beds and over 5,000 seniors' housing units across the province.
New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes (NBANH)
NBANH has more than 60 members that provide residential care, assisted living and home support to over 4,000 New Brunswick seniors each day. The membership is comprised of private care providers who deliver contracted services for New Brunswick's two regional health authorities.
Health Association Nova Scotia (HANS)
Health Association Nova Scotia is a membership driven association of health and community service organizations spanning the full health continuum in Nova Scotia. Established in 1960, we have grown to offer a variety of service to 127 members across the province. With over 50 years of experience, we continue to evolve and respond to the dynamic needs of our members and the demands of the health and community services systems. Our members come from a wide range of health and community service providers from across the province. These include the nine district health authorities, the IWK Health Centre, nursing homes/homes for the aged, adult residential centres and regional rehabilitation centres, home care organizations (visiting nursing and home support agencies), group homes, small options, health care foundations and regulatory bodies as well as community-based health providers. This broad-based membership affords us a unique, system-wide perspective that helps us foster understanding and consensus among providers who have individual goals but share a common commitment to the health and well-being of Nova Scotians. www.healthassociation.ns.ca
Prince Edward Island Nursing Home Association
The Prince Edward Island Nursing Home Association represents approximately 500 of the 1,040 nursing home beds in the province. The population of PEI is 143,000 and beds per thousand people over the age of 75 is 110.
Canadian Caregiver Coalition
The Canadian Caregiver Coalition is the national voice for the needs and interests of family caregivers.
They are a bilingual, not-for-profit organization made up of caregivers, caregiver support groups, national stakeholder organizations and researchers.
They provide leadership in identifying and responding to the needs of caregivers in Canada.
Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health
The Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health (CCSMH) is hard at work ensuring that seniors' mental health is recognized as a key Canadian health and wellness issue. Working with partners across the country, the CCSMH is busy facilitating initiatives to enhance and promote seniors' mental health. Below is a listing of what's new at the CCSMH, but there are always more projects in development. Please bookmark this site and visit us frequently for updates.
Canadian Institute for Health Information
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) provides timely, accurate and comparable information. Our data and reports inform health policies, support the effective delivery of health services and raise awareness among Canadians of the factors that contribute to good health.
Canadian Virtual Hospice
The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides support and personalized information about palliative and end-of-life care, loss and bereavement to patients, family members, health care providers, researchers and educators.
Centre on Aging
Located at the University of Manitoba with a mandate to serve as a focal point for the conduct of research on aging. The Centre has developed a national and international reputation for research excellence.
Contact Community Information
CONTACT provides listings of community resources in Manitoba to many voluntary sector organizations including governments, individuals, private sector and community organizations.
Creative Retirement Manitoba
Creative Retirement Manitoba is a not-for-profit seniors education centre which provides interesting, informative and affordable programs for retirees. The centre believes in mental stimulation as a major factor in good health and longevity.
Disability Tax Credit - Canada Revenue Agency
For information on the Disability Tax Credit and to find out who qualifies, please visit:
For Qualified Practitioners who are called upon by their patients to certify Form T2201 (Disability Tax Credit Certificate), the following link is to ensure you are equipped with key information on the disability tax credit and can feel confident in completing Form T2201:
The excellent quality of life we enjoy in Manitoba is a result of the efforts of seniors who forged our history, enriched our lives, and shaped our future. Seniors deserve respect and the right to be safe from harm by those who live with them, care for them or come into day-to-day contact with them. Sometimes, however, older people are not treated with respect. Sometimes, disrespect crosses the line into abuse. Know the signs.
E.R.I.K. Emergency Response Information Kit
Emergency Response Information Kits (E.R.I.K.) are designed for individuals at risk of requiring emergency transport to a hospital. These kits allow you to fill in your personal health information, including name, address, health card numbers, next of kin, family physician, medical history, allergies and medications, health care directive and organ donor card. Paramedics are trained to look for these kits when responding to a medical assistance call and will bring them to the hospital to ensure care staff has the most up to date information about you. Kits are available through any Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Station or various seniors groups.
Global Patient Safety Alerts
Global Patient Safety Alerts is an innovative information-sharing resource to help you prevent and mitigate patient safety incidents in your organization and help others succeed.
WRHA News Release
Canadian Patient Safety Institute News Release
Guide to Disability Rights in Canada
Independent Living Resource Centre
The ILRC is a consumer controlled organization that promotes and supports citizens with disabilities to make choices and take responsibility for the development and management of personal and community resources.
Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
LifeBio believes that recalling and sharing life stories has the power to lower depression, exercise the brain and engage those with dementia. Its programs help facilities implement the highest level of person-centred care.
Manitoba Association of Residential & Community Care Homes for the Elderly (MARCHE)
MARCHE is a volunteer provincial association and the collective voice of private nonprofit community owned personal care homes.
Their membership represents 3,198 personal care beds and 2,429 independent living and supportive housing with approximately 5,255 employees, spanning a number of regional health authorities across Manitoba.
Their member-elected Board of Directors provides direction towards the overall governance of the Association and professional staff manage the day to day operations of the Association.
Manitoba Association of Senior Centres
· Are community agencies with multiple services and a holistic health focus.
· Have community based boards.
· Have professional staff maintaining the accessibility of centre services and programs.
· Offer core preventive health programs.
· Provide leadership in the community.
· Offer resources to senior serving organizations.
· Partner with other health care organizations to keep seniors in the community.
Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
MCHP is a research centre of excellence within the Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba that conducts world class population-based research on health services, population and public health, and the social determinants of health. MCHP develops and maintains the comprehensive population-based data repository on behalf of the Province of Manitoba for use by the local, national and international research community. MCHP promotes a collaborative environment to create, disseminate and apply its research. The work of MCHP supports the development of policy, programs and services that maintain and improve the health of Manitobans.
Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety
The Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety (MIPS) was created in 2004 by the provincial government in response to recommendations made by the Manitoba Patient Safety Steering Committee. The Institute will promote, coordinate and facilitate activities that have a positive impact on patient safety throughout Manitoba while enhancing the quality of health care for Manitobans.
Latest news, Programs and Services, Publications, Regional Health Authorities and Featured Sites.
Manitoba Health Annual Statistic
Manitoba Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat
The Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat (formerly the Seniors Directorate) acts as a central point of contact for seniors, their family members and organizations. Staff also work to ensure government policies, programs and legislation reflect the needs of seniors. Copies of its publications, valuable links to other seniors' websites and information on how to contact the Secretariat. www.gov.mb.ca/shas
Manitoba Voluntary Sector Initiative
Unique, community based process to develop and sustain our voluntary sector –to support and strengthen people working for people rather than for personal financial gain.
- Volunteer Centre
The Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg's mission is to promote, encourage and support voluntarism through consultation, training and related services to the voluntary, private, and public sectors in Manitoba.
Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) Guidance
Medical assistance in dying (MAID) is now legal in Canada. For the first time, people can receive help in ending their life. This is permissible when the person is a competent adult in an advanced state of irreversible decline from an illness, disease, or disability that causes enduring and intolerable suffering to them and where their natural death is reasonably foreseeable.
Every question from a patient about assisted death signifies that the patient is, or is worried about, suffering and is an opening for a dialogue with that individual. It is important to explore the reasons for the request in order to understand what supports might be helpful, and whether the patient has unmet needs.
At the moment, formal requests are referred to the Provincial Clinical Team responsible for MAID. This team also acts as a resource for patients, families, and health care professionals. They can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 204-926-1380.
Patients who make a formal request for MAID will be assessed by members of the Provincial Clinical Team to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria, and that they are capable of making an informed, voluntary decision. The process involves multiple sessions with the patient.
The mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is: To be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life.
National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE)
NICE is an international network of researchers, practitioners, students and seniors dedicated to improving the care of older adults, both in Canada and abroad.
Palliative Manitoba is a non-profit community based charitable organization that provides grief support and education to the province. Grief services include one-to-one telephone support by trained bereavement volunteers for individuals grieving the loss of any kind; monthly grief seminars hosted by local funeral homes; support services for grieving kids and teens; and our annual Memory Tree. Our other core service is our Volunteer Visiting program that provides individuals who are living with a life-threatening illness with companionship. This service is offered both in the community and in palliative care units at Riverview Health Centre and St. Boniface Hospital. We provide palliative care education in the form of our Compassionate Care Course for volunteers and community members. Customized Compassionate Care Courses are also available for WRHA Health Care Aides, Direct Support Workers, and First Nations communities.
Primary Caregiver Tax Credit
This credit recognizes the vital support caregivers provide to those needing care. Manitoba’s Primary Caregiver Tax Credit provides a refundable credit of up to $1,400 a year to people who act as primary caregivers for spouses, relatives, neighbours or friends who live at home in Manitoba. For this tax credit, people requiring care must be assessed at Level 2 or higher under the Manitoba Home Care Program guidelines. They are assessed based on the amount and type of care required for tasks like bathing, dressing, eating meals, mobility and receiving medical care. Level 1 requires minimal care in most cases and is not eligible.
Caregivers may claim the tax credit for each of up to three care recipients, at any one time.
This credit is refundable and not income tested. This means you can claim it even if you do not have taxable income. The credit may defray your caregiver expenses such as shopping, transport, outings and respite.
Protection for Persons in Care Office
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.
Province of Manitoba Home Page
Home Page of the Manitoban Government: Speeches; Travel & Immigration, Business, Living and working in Manitoba.
Regional Health Authorities in Manitoba
The Regional Health Authorities of Manitoba exist to foster the development of an efficient and effective interregional health care delivery system that meets the needs of all Manitobans.
SAFE Work Manitoba
SAFE Work Manitoba is the unified prevention organization responsible for promoting and delivering services related to workplace injury and illness prevention.
Safer Healthcare Now
Safer Healthcare Now! (SHN) is a National grass roots initiative aimed at reducing the number of injuries and deaths related to adverse events, such as infections and medication incidents.
Support Line Toll Free 24 hours: 1-888-896-7183. You can download the brochure and poster to spread the word.
Seniors Resource Network & Community Resource Councils
- Community Resource Councils (also known as Seniors Resource Councils) are funded by the Regional Health Authorities. They are located throughout Manitoba and operate independently within their communities. Though the types of services and programs may vary according to local needs, they are often the first point of contact in the community. www.gov.mb.ca/seniors/community/index.html
Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living - Protection for Persons in Care -email: Protection@gov.mb.ca
- For Abuse that happens in Care Homes and Hospitals call 204-788-6366 (1-866-440-6366 toll free)
- For Abuse that happens outside Care Homes and Hospitals call 204-956-6440 (1-888-333-3121 toll free)
Seniors and Healthy Aging | Province of Manitoba
Seniors and Healthy Aging is part of the department of Health, Healthy Living and Seniors. The Secretariat works with all departments to create an environment within Manitoba that promotes health, independence and well-being of all older Manitobans.
Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat
A new and updated Manitoba Seniors' Guide is now available. The guide offers a wide range of information, from financial tips to health services in Manitoba. Here's how to get your copy:
Senior Care in Canada
This guide has been developed by the Manitoba Seniors Directorate, the Public Trustee and the Community Legal Education Association, to assist Manitoba.
Senior's Housing Report
Where Next? Pathways to Eldercare
This website is intended to create a collaborative community of
caregivers and eldercare services.
Winnipeg Seniors Housing, Rural Seniors Housing & Aging in Place – Housing options for older Manitobans
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
- Accessing Long Term Care
How do I access Long Term Care and Housing Services?
If you are living in the community, the Home Care program provides home health care services. Services can be requested by you (as an individual), your family, or by your doctor by calling the WRHA Home Care Intake Line at (204) 788-8330. Once Home Care receives a request for service, a Home Care Coordinator will meet you at home to discuss your care needs.
Wave is Winnipeg's Health and Wellness Magazine. It is posted six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Regional Authority in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. www.wavemag.ca
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