When you hear the name Deer Lodge Centre, you probably think of aging military veterans in long-term care. And you wouldn’t be wrong. Deer Lodge started out as a convalescent home for First World War vets and still maintains 140 priority access beds for veterans as part of an agreement with Veterans Affairs Canada.
It’s easy and the benefits are huge – including better capacity to react to the unexpected and avoid falls.
As we age it is natural for our bodies to lose muscle mass and it is more difficult to build strength. Maintaining strength allows us to enjoy an active lifestyle and also allows us to live independently for a longer period of time. Strength training is also good for keeping our bones strong and healthy. Continue reading Incorporate strength training into your exercise routine→
The Forks, Fort Whyte, Birds Hill Park all beckon. Or choose an indoor activity: you might find fun and exercise swatting pickleballs.
If you let them, winters in Manitoba can be long, dark and cold. Or, if you embrace them, they can be adventurous and fun. Staying physically active 12 months of the year should be your goal. So how do you do this in the cold Manitoba months?
Winnipeg comes alive in the winter with many outdoor activities. Skating at the Forks is one of my favourite ways to stay physically active in the winter. Experience the Red River Mutual Skating Trail and enjoy the warming huts along the pathway. If you don’t have skates they are available to rent. Continue reading Embrace winter Make it your own→
Cost cutting is only half the story, but a critical half
It has been 9 months since Brian Pallister and his Tories gathered up the reins of government and so far, so good.
Their first task has been a careful operational assessment as, inch-by-inch, the new government tries to find the path to sustainable management. They have begun dismantling the overload and overlap in government departments that were bloated by 17 years of New Democrat management. Boards of crown corporations are being replaced by purposeful and competent members who don’t park their brains at the door before each meeting and who are ready and able to rescind previous self-indulgent decisions. Continue reading The next step for the Pallister government→
Let’s fix EI. EI payments are the workers’ money, so put it in individual locked savings accounts, and let workers draw on it if unemployed, withdrawing the rest when they retire.
By Fred Morris
In early 2015, I was unable to work for five weeks due to a hernia. I was totally denied employment insurance because I had just received my first Canada Pension Plan cheque. I had paid EI for 32 years without obtaining a benefit. My monthly income at that point declined by 74 per cent. I decided to research the history of EI. Continue reading A safety net program that shuts out seniors→