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Transcona Council for Seniors resource co-ordinator Colleen Tackaberry hopes for a good turnout at the council's health fair on Oct. 10.

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Transcona Council for Seniors resource co-ordinator Colleen Tackaberry hopes for a good turnout at the council's health fair on Oct. 10. Photo Store

Living with arthritis is the main focus of this year’s Transcona Council for Seniors Health Fair.

But there will still be plenty of good information for all seniors looking to live a safe and healthy life.

The fair will take over Kildonan Place Shopping Centre (1555 Regent Ave. W.) on Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., during which time over 40 booths will be set up across the mall. In particular, there will be health care wings set up at centre court and near Sears, with representatives from organizations helping with diseases from Parkinson’s to cancer, and osteoporosis to celiac, prepared to provide information.

Transcona Council for Seniors resource co-ordinator Colleen Tackaberry said the overarching theme of the fair tends to deal with conditions which afflict a sizable portion of the population, like arthritis.

"It’s one of the chronic illnesses that many people deal with," Tackaberry said, noting last year’s health fair followed a similar route with a focus on diabetes. "We try to deal with something that is big, or a large number of people would have an interest in."

In addition to providing plenty of information about how best to cope with arthritis, there will be opportunities for interested attendees to sign up for upcoming workshops. Tackaberry noted one workshop is a hands-on program where attendees learn practical tips for how best to approach cooking with the disease.

There will also be a chronic pain management workshop at the Transcona Seniors Centre (328 Whittier Ave. W.) on Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.

As well, there will be a safety wing located near the shopping centre’s Target store, with organizations such as the Winnipeg Police Service, Good Neighbours Active Living Centre’s home maintenance program, the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba and Winnipeg Transit slated to be present.

Tackaberry said police will provide plenty of information seniors can use to protect themselves, from being safe in public to protecting themselves from scams in their own homes.

As well, the Winnipeg Transit booth will have information regarding how its service has evolved to benefit seniors.

"If you haven’t been on a bus for 25 years, there are some real improvements," she said. "You can take your walker on, you can take your wheelchair on — the buses bow down to you now, so you can whiz right on."

The TCS itself, which provides several services for seniors in the area, will also be in the safety wing.

"There’s safety in people coming out and not being isolated, so if we can engage people with programs in the community, they can build friendships," Tackaberry said, noting those in the society’s meal program will check up on regulars who miss a meal. "If you’re not isolated, people are less likely to take advantage of you."

As well, there will be an active living area near the food court where activities like zumba, yoga, Scottish country dancing, and pickleball will be offered. For more information, contact Tackaberry at tcs@mts.net or 204-222-9879.

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