Friday, December 02, 2011

Age-friendlier Manitoba Afoot

December 2, 2011


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Communities Gather in Winnipeg for Age-friendly Orientation: Rondeau
Representatives from 13 Manitoba communities gathered in Winnipeg today to celebrate joining the province’s age-friendly initiative, bringing the total number of age-friendly communities in Manitoba to 85, Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors Minister Jim Rondeau announced today.
“These communities are helping older adults to lead active, socially engaged and independent lives, which contributes to healthy aging,” said Rondeau.  “With more than 80 per cent of Manitoba’s population living in age-friendly communities, we are well on the way to becoming the most
age-friendly province in Canada.”
The province contributes more than $475,000 annually to the age-friendly initiative, which includes funding for an age-friendly website and an Age-Friendly Resource Team, which provide hands-on support to age-friendly communities, Rondeau said.  At today’s orientation, the minister presented a cheque for $2,000 to each of the 13 communities joining the age-friendly initiative including the towns of Boissevain, Emerson, Killarney, MacGregor, Russell and Teulon; the rural municipalities of Bifrost, Harrison, Pipestone, South Cypress, Strathclair and Whitemouth; and the village of Somerset.  The grant monies will be used to kick-start age-friendly programs and services in the communities.
“This initiative requires the engagement of many partners across Manitoba and beyond,” said Rondeau.  “We are pleased to join forces with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the University of Manitoba’s Centre on Aging, the Association of Manitoba Municipalities, and numerous seniors agencies and provincial recreation staff, who are working together to support communities on their age-friendly journey.”
“We are working closely with the province to implement the Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative and help seniors to lead healthy, fulfilling lives,” said Dr. Verena Menec, director of the Centre on Aging.  “It gives us a tremendous vehicle to better address the concerns of aging, and from a research perspective, our collaboration with Manitoba communities provides a rich knowledge base on important issues facing seniors.”
The Age-Friendly Manitoba Initiative was launched in 2008.  Its vision is to create communities that value and support the contributions of older people and provide age-friendly environments and opportunities for healthy choices that enhance independence and quality of life, Rondeau said.  For more information about Age-Friendly Manitoba, visit

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