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Lots of options for seniors in west Winnipeg

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As everyone is gearing up for fall, my office is getting ready for the Literacy Book Exchange and BBQ on Sat., Sept. 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m at 839A Cavalier Dr.   

Thank you for all of the books and supplies that have already been dropped off, and there is still time to bring donations, Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. We will distribute all funds and school supplies to local schools and literacy programs, and I look forward to seeing you there.

October is Manitoba Seniors’ and Elders’ Month, and in west Winnipeg there is no shortage of options for people of all ages. For seniors, the local senior centres and organizations offer many different activities.

This fall, options include floor curling, beadwork and harmonica for beginners, so there really is something for everyone. Feel free to look at the different options in your neighbourhood and learn something new.

Seniors’ and Elders’ Month is also a time to be mindful of organized schemes that may target seniors in our neighbourhoods, as they can be particularly vulnerable to fraud. The most common scams are people who pose as long-lost relatives asking for money or anyone who requests your credit card information over the phone. Never give out your credit card, bank account, or personal information unless you know the person or organization you are dealing with. If you are concerned about the possibility of being a victim of fraud or scam, you can sign up to receive the most recent consumer alerts by contacting Manitoba Consumer Protection online, at 204-945-3800 or by emailing consumers@gov.mb.ca

Seniors helped build this province, and I am happy to make sure seniors have the best services possible. Our government developed Manitoba’s Aging in Place strategy, which helps seniors stay in their homes longer. We’re expanding home care, providing hundreds of new personal care home beds, and we also developed an elder abuse safe suite initiative, to provide a safe haven for older adults leaving an abusive relationship. I will also be visiting the St. James-Assiniboia 55+ Centre this fall to host a coffee session of "Ask a Politician", where you can come for coffee and we can talk about the issues that matter most to you.

I encourage everyone to be active and stay well this fall. In my next article, I look forward to sharing exciting details of the upcoming west Winnipeg Senior Fair. Feel free to contact my office at 204-888-7722 or by email at Jim.Rondeau@yourmanitoba.ca for further assistance.

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