Upcoming workshops are being planned for October and November. 

Half Day Seminars  Fee - $20.00
  • October 4 - Winkler Senior Centre  1:00 - 5:00pm
  • October 25th - Seine River Retirement Home 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Full Course (5 evenings) Fee - $40.00
  • Mondays October 20th - November 17th 7:00-8:30 pm - Sturgeon Creek I Retirement Residence
For more information contact Wendy at wherenext@shaw.ca.

What participants say: 
"I just wanted to thank you for the workshop you presented in Brandon on April 12th.  The information you have collected and prepared is invaluable.  I have told a few of my friends about it and passed along your website.  My husband and I will also be looking at this information to be sure we are prepared in the event our boys ever have to care for us.  For me, it was also a place of support.  It was comforting to know others are in the same position and in need of support too. " 
This month's topic.

Victoria Lifeline  A Tool for Caregivers – The Personal Help Button

Did you know?
  • Victoria Lifeline is a not-for profit community service of Winnipeg’s Victoria General Hospital Foundation since 1988?
  • They currently help over 5,000 people in Winnipeg and across Manitoba lead active, independent lives
Here are the top five things caregivers need to know about Lifeline:
1. Help is on the way – a ‘help plan’ is designed around each client’s needs.  All information is on hand at the Response Centre including emergency contacts and special instructions about medical conditions.  If a client has a non-medical emergency such as getting up after a minor fall, they can call you or another family member and avoid a costly ambulance bill.
2. Fall Detection – the AutoAlert can send a help signal if the client has fallen and is unable to press their button. It can also be a helpful tool for someone with a prior history of heart disease and/or stroke who may be at risk of losing consciousness.
3. Protection in the shower or bath – The buttons are 100% waterproof and designed to be worn 24 hours a day, even in a bathtub full of water.
4. Senior Friendly Features – The button can even be used to answer the phone. Our service is also portable and can be used on vacation or at the lake anywhere in North America.
5. The Personal, Caring Approach -The Response Centre is available to answer any questions the client has at any time. In fact they can answer a help call in over 140 languages. There is also a sponsorship program for low-income seniors who qualify.

If you want to know more about how Lifeline can help you, call 204-956-6777 or visit the website at www.victorialifeline.ca.  


NEW Seniors' School Tax Rebate

Manitoba Seniors will be eligible for a new tax rebate of up to $235 when they receive their municipal property tax bills.

Seniors who qualify for the new tax rebate must:
  • own and live in their home,
  • be at least 65 years of age by the end of 2014, and
  • have school taxes not already fully covered by the existing Education Property Tax Credit.

NOTE: This rebate is not related to your income. It is only related to your property taxes and is based on your Net School Taxes.

If your Net School Tax is
over  $235 you will receive
the full refund.

The process is not complicated. You can apply as soon as you receive your property tax bill. Winnipeg and Brandon  will receive their property tax statements this month. (Other communities should check with their municipalities.)
Applications and more information are available online at www.manitoba.ca/seniorsrebate or by calling the tax assistance team at 204-945-7555 in Winnipeg or at 1-855-893-8266 (toll-free).

 Powers of Attorney and Joint Bank Accounts

 I'd like to recommend this excellent  new document developed by the Forum of Federal/Provincial/Territorial  Ministers Responsible for Seniors.
This brochure identifies some of the risks, benefits and possible unintended consequences of granting someone a Power of Attorney or opening a joint bank account. It is meant to assist older adults and their families to initiate conversations regarding the use and misuse of these two financial management tools and help support informed decision-making. 
The brochure is available at http://www.gov.mb.ca/shas/fpt/index.html  and print copies can be accessed through us at 204-945-6565 or 1-800-665-6565.


April is Caregivers' Month

April 1 is Caregiver Recognition Day in Manitoba.
Please join us as we unite to celebrate our third annual Caregiver Recognition Day and raise awareness about the irreplaceable contributions of unpaid caregivers. This year we are reaching out to rural communities and holding the provincial event in Brandon, Manitoba. This is an excellent opportunity for caregivers in Brandon and the surrounding area to learn about local and provincial services that can support them and those they care for.
  • 1:00 Doors Open – Display booths will be open
  • 2:00 Greetings from the Province
  • 2:15 Caregiving: An Emotional Journey
    Presenter: Syva-Lee Wildenmann from
    Rupert's Land Caregiver Services
  • 4:00 Event ends
Riverview Curling Club, 420 Maryland Ave. Brandon, MB

Other events recognizing and supporting Manitoba caregivers:

March 31st
Celebrating Family Caregivers: Inspiration and More
A benefit for the Heart and Stroke Foundation to promote Province’s Caregiver Recognition Day
7 :00 to 9:00 p.m. Doors Open at 6:00
Caboto Centre 1055 Wilkes Ave, Winnipeg
Free registration www.ComfortsofHomeCare.ca or phone 204-949-3234
Proceeds from the Silent Auction will support the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba

April 7th
Aging is a Family Affair. For many, retirement comes with the responsibility of caring for elderly family members. This presentation will explore both the issues of family caregiving as well as our future as aging Canadians. Presenter: Wendy Sutton
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Creative Retirement Manitoba, 270 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg (204) 949-2565
$8:00 for members $ 10:00 for non-members

April 12
Caregiving: A Family Affair
A Brandon workshop for seniors and/or their adult children. Presenter: Wendy Sutton
Caregiving is a partnership between adult children and their aging parents. This partnership works best when both are informed and involved. "I can't tell you what might happen next, but I can tell you where to find help when you need it."
Comments from past participants:
  • This is an excellent course. The instructor has a wealth of knowledge and experience with the subject, and delivers with a sense of humour. Each class has been informative and fun as well.
  • This is a program for caregivers, but also for anyone who has an aging parent. I feel empowered.
  • The work Wendy is doing is critical to both elders and their caregivers. I feel like I have a huge toolbox to help me carry on. 
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Victoria Landing Retirement Residence, 10 Victoria Ave. East, Brandon, MB
$20 at the door
Register in advance with:
Wendy Sutton  wherenext@shaw.ca or  Victoria Landing (204) 571.6000

April 24
Caring for the Aging
A free evening seminar for women to address the issues involved in helping seniors through the years of declining health.  It will empower caregivers with tools, resources and strategies that will lighten the weight of their caring responsibilities. Presenter: Wendy Sutton
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre - 1150A Waverley Street
Space is limited - Pre registration is required by calling (204) 477-1123.