Manitoba government expanding care to seniors

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After two years of the pandemic and with summer upon us, many of us are looking to soak up the sun and enjoy all the wonderful local events that Manitoba has to offer.

As an advocate of improving our community mental health, it is more important than ever that our seniors participate in the wonderful, sunny, festivities before the leaves begin to change colour.

The benefits of seniors safely gathering with friends and family are monumental — namely, reducing the risk of depression from isolation, bolstering self-esteem, reducing stress, and increasing lifespan.

I recently had the honour of making several announcements as health minister that focus on strengthening physical and mental wellness for our seniors.

On June 9, our government expanded coverage for adults who use cochlear implant processors.

Cochlear implant processors are life-changing for those with profound hearing loss, but they require periodic replacement.

The coverage stretches over 80 per cent of the cost of an external sound processor replacement every five years and will benefit many of those over the age of 55, who would otherwise be burdened with a replacement cost of up to $11,000.

For many Manitobans, a cochlear implant holds the key to a life of good hearing, full communication with others, and participation in the local community.

As MLA of Southdale, I know how many opportunities this will create for seniors; improved summer socialization, Folklorama, bingo and pickleball at Southdale and Winakwa community centres and walks in the neighborhood with family and friends.

On July 6, I was proud to announce that those over the age of 65 may be eligible for the high-dose seasonal flu vaccine, beginning this fall.

Seniors have a higher risk of flu complications, which is why our government is taking additional steps by expanding eligibility for the high-dose flu vaccine at no cost.

I care deeply about proactive measures that reduce illness and hospitalizations in our seniors and there is good evidence that by taking the high-dose flu vaccine, you can help achieve these good health outcomes.

I encourage all seniors to take full advantage of the protection that the high-dose seasonal flu vaccine delivers when the campaign launches in the coming months.

Audrey Gordon

Audrey Gordon
Southdale constituency report

Audrey Gordon is the PC MLA for Southdale.

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