Workshops have been 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 information contact Wendy at

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: TV Remotes, Talking Clocks, One Button Phones

 Thanks to Bev for sending me this great advice.

Are you aware of all the neat gadgets the CNIB store sells, that are also appropriate for sufferers of dementia? 
To help my mother know what day of the week it is, I bought her a small talking clock that also announces the day.  It cost $20 and she loves it.  I bought a second one today for when the other goes "missing".
As she is also unable to correctly dial numbers, I picked her up a phone today that has one button dialing (just push the family member's picture or name).  It cost just $60. 
I would recommend anyone looking for devices to check online before going to the Winnipeg or Brandon store simply because the stores have limited hours ( Manitoba CNIB stores).

And then there's the story of finding a TV remote control.  When I had cable hooked up at my mother's new place and the technician presented a remote that intimidated even me, I asked for something simpler.  What he produced was the same as the one we had at home...way beyond my mother.  His solution was to talk much louder when trying to explain it to her!
After a couple of weeks of "the cleaning lady must be doing something wrong because my television doesn't work", I was on the hunt.  I thought I found it in the very basic (channel and volume only), large button Sony remote model RM-EZ4.  It would have been great, except it required switching on the cable box and the television separately, which was a problem for my mother.
Digging around on the internet, I discovered Shaw has a remote, much simpler than the one the technician left her.  It's called the Transport Remote.  A person I talked to at Shaw was not familiar with it, but once I directed him to the website where I found it,(, he became very helpful and had a technician take one to my mother's place.  They programmed it to turn on the cable box and the television at the same time.  I don't hear that she's having problems with her television anymore, except that there's nothing she wants to watch.
Your tips are always welcome. The best advice I get comes from ocaregivers like Bev. Please email me at

This Month's Resources - Shopping

  1. Reliable Home Care Agency Adaptive Clothing  is a new Winnipeg store on Portage Avenue (near Advance Electronics). I stopped in and was impressed by the quality of clothing they handle. They have a good range of clothing for those who are wheelchair bound. They also have a complete line of anti-strip clothing. If you are caring for someone who frequently removes their clothes see the article, Diapers and Dignity.
  2. Online Shopping
    1. CNIB Online Store
    2. The  online Alzheimer's Store carries talking clocks and simple telephones as well as a wide variety of products for those suffering with Alzheimer's and dementia.
    3. Silvert's Adaptive Clothing and Footwear
    4. West Care Health Supplies - Bodystockings - these undergarments help prevent the wearers from removing all their clothing. There are zippers at the shoulders and between the legs to make changing easy.


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  


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 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  and print copies can be accessed through us at 204-945-6565 or 1-800-665-6565.