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Offering services for seniors

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It is crucial for older adults to be able to participate as actively as possible in their community as they age.  

For this to happen successfully, a variety of services and activities must be made easily accessible to seniors in their neighbourhoods. Here in Fort Richmond, there are several options.

The Fort Garry Seniors Resource Council was established to provide support to seniors and to connect them to appropriate resources in their community. The Council provides a variety of services such as referrals, drop-ins, Emergency Response Information Kits and special events.

The council recently organized a day trip to Gimli which was thoroughly enjoyed by 50 seniors.
After a delicious lunch hosted by the New Horizons 55+ Centre, it was off to Gimli’s downtown for an afternoon of browsing in the shops, taking in the art gallery and wandering the docks surrounded by beautiful murals along the walls — and let’s not forget the trip to the bakery to pick up some traditional vinatarta to enjoy later with tea!

A stop at Tergesen’s General Store is also a must. The store opened in 1899 and was designated a Provincial Heritage Site in 1989. As one senior explained, "You can’t go to Gimli and not go to Tergesen’s!"

Last stop was in Lockport at the Half Moon for ice cream. I’m not sure what folks enjoyed more — the ice cream or the reminiscing about long-ago drives out from Winnipeg to Lockport on Sunday afternoons.

Another organization providing activities for seniors in Fort Richmond is Pembina Active Living 55+ (PAL). This volunteer-run group provides active living and leisure opportunities for older adults. They offer everything from fishing to gardening to fitness classes, as well as a chance to socialize and make connections.

The PAL annual picnic will be held at the St. Norbert Market site on Aug. 27. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to enjoy games, food and entertainment as well as to learn more about what activities PAL has to offer.

I am committed to supporting older adults in our community. Residents who continue to be engaged in the community as they age contribute to making Fort Richmond healthier and stronger.

If you would like further information regarding the Fort Garry Seniors Resource Council, Pembina Active Living 55+ or other services available in our area, please feel free to contact the constituency office at 204-475-9433 or at kerri.irvin-ross@yourmanitoba.ca

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