Category Archives: Minister’s Message

Be on the alert for fraud and scams

Hon. Kelvn Goertzen
Minister’s Message

Fraud is the number one crime against older Canadians. Common types of fraud and scams include identity theft, credit or debit card fraud, online scams, and phone and door-to-door scams.

Though anyone can be a victim of fraud, older people are frequently targeted because they are perceived as financially stable, trusting, generous, and courteous. Older adults may also be home during the day to answer the door or phone and, depending on the circumstances, may not have family or friends close by to ask for a second opinion. Continue reading Be on the alert for fraud and scams

To a healthier, more active 2017

Regular physical activity, nutritious food are key to healthy living

Hon. Kelvn Goertzen Minister's Message
Hon. Kelvn Goertzen
Minister’s Message

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us, it is a great time to take stock of ourselves and decide what we can do to improve our lives. Health-related goals, especially getting more physically active and eating right, are the most common resolutions, and for good reason.

It’s essential to stay active at any age. An active lifestyle not only keeps our bodies and minds in shape, it can prevent us from developing or help manage chronic illnesses, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Continue reading To a healthier, more active 2017

It’s time for our annual flu shot

It’s time for our annual flu shot

Half the individuals hit last year by influenza A, the common virus, were over 70

Hon. Kelvin Goertzen
Hon. Kelvin Goertzen

Colder weather is just around the corner, and that means the start of influenza season. Influenza is a respiratory infection caused by viruses that infect your nose, throat and lungs. Not everyone who gets the flu develops symptoms, but you can still spread the virus to others around you, especially when you cough or sneeze. If you do get symptoms, they’ll usually appear suddenly and can include a cough, fever, sore throat, muscle aches, joint pain and exhaustion. Continue reading It’s time for our annual flu shot

It’s time for your annual influenza shot

Hon. Deanne Crothers Minister’s Message
Hon. Deanne Crothers
Minister’s Message

Winter has arrived in Manitoba and that means influenza season is well underway. Influenza is caused by viruses that infect your nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms usually appear suddenly and can include a cough, fever, sore throat, muscle aches, joint pain and exhaustion. Contracting influenza can lead to potentially dangerous complications – particularly for older adults. Continue reading It’s time for your annual influenza shot

The many benefits of ‘Mindfulness’

This new and popular mental exercise technique offers an array of health benefits to older people

Hon. Deanne Crothers Minister’s Message
Hon. Deanne Crothers
Minister’s Message

As Manitoba’s Minister of Healthy Living and Seniors, I am always looking for new opportunities that could help older adults improve their quality of life.

Something that is receiving a lot of attention lately and is being researched extensively is mindfulness. It has gained popularity in recent years for its many physical, psychological and social benefits, particularly for seniors. Continue reading The many benefits of ‘Mindfulness’