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SENIOR RESOURCE FINDER

Dakota Community Centre is home to the Senior Resource Finder (SRF) for the St.Boniface and St.Vital area. The SRF connects older adults ages 55+ to community supports, programs, and services within their community. Dakota Community Centre partners with various health, social services, and community sectors to assist with promoting health and well-being of older adults in this area.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Melissa Larter, Older Adults Program Coordinator and Senior Resource Finder by emailing melissal@dakotacc.com or by calling (204) 254-1010 ext 217.


Using the menu below or to the right (desktop), click on a heading to see resources available in this area or feel free to reach out to us for support.

            
         

 

UPCOMING EVENTS & SEMINARS & INFORMATIONAL UPDATES

Health & Wellness Seminar - Talking About Medication (February 16, 2022)

If you have been using a medication for a long time, and you have questions, reach out to deprescribing.org to get all the facts about that medication. Deprescribing is the planned process of reducing or stopping medications that may no longer be of benefit or may be causing harm. The goal is to reduce medication burden or harm while improving quality of life.

They will be hosting a webinar titled: 'Hosting your own "Talking About Medications" on February 16, 2022, at 12 PM EST to explain how to use these materials, more information can be found online here.
 
The direct link to register for the webinar through Zoom is here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkc--urzgjGNMY6W45RPE_JjlTp5CcwVaM 
 
Please contact Ida – Maisie Famiyeh @ 613-562-6262 or via email at ifamiyeh@bruyere.org if you have any questions or require additional information. 

 

Living Well Series (Several Sessions Available)

It looks like winter is going to hang on for a while longer so it’s the perfect time to avoid the cold and icy roads and join in on a virtual program. The Wellness Institute has several programs from our Living Well series to choose from. Please see attachment for more information on each program.

Get Better Together - Wednesdays April 6 – May 11, 1:00-3:00: Designed to help people better manage their health.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers – Wednesday May 4 – June 8, 10:00-11:30: This program helps caregivers cope and thrive as they face the challenges of caring for others.

Total Brain Health – Thursdays March 17-April 7, 10:00-11:00: This is a fun interactive class that uses the three pillars of wellness (Body, Mind, and Spirit) to help participants boost brain power and ward off memory loss.

 

Community Culture & Community Lifestyle Updates (February 2022)

Every February, people across Canada participate in Black History Month events and festivities that honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities. Nationally, the 2022 theme for Black History Month is: “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day,” which focuses on recognizing the daily contributions that Black Canadians make to Canada.  

For more about Black History Month click here.

For a local listing of local events celebrating Black History Month, click here.

 

Winter Driving Tips (February 24, 2022)

In February TONS will be opening up the transportation lunch n’ learn to all Older Manitobans, Caregivers and Service Providers across the Province

The next session will be on February 24, 2022 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm and will feature: 

Topic: “Winter driving- tips and tricks to staying safe on our winter roads”
Speaker: Gary Perez, Community Relations Specialist, Manitoba Public Insurance   

Please join as they discuss winter driving in Manitoba. Although we often think of our winter months as December and January, February till March & April can often be even trickier months to drive in due to changing seasons and temperatures.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvdu-tqD4vGNF_p2JGfzBRKL6_31Zw5wm1

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For more information or to be a speaker on our series, please email Samantha at info@tonsmb.org

 

A & O Senior Immigrant Settlement Services (Starting January 31, 2022)

A & O Senior Immigrant Settlement Services is now taking registrations for our winter 2022 Settlement Orientation for Seniors and English conversation classes. All our classes begin the week of January 31st, 2022, but we accept new students at any time.   

​We offer programming for adult newcomers over the age of 55. All services are FREE of charge. Our program is designed to meet the unique settlement needs of older adults. For more information, click here.

 

News On Transportation - From Transit Plus

We have proceeded with posting the first edition of the Transit Plus newsletter on our website in the “What’s New at Transit Plus” section here: https://winnipegtransit.com/en/winnipeg-transit-plus/whats-new/ 

 

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E.R.I.K.®  (Emergency Response Information Kit)

Information

E.R.I.K.®  is a useful tool for anyone with a medical condition who is required to take a lot of medication. The kit contains all pertinent medical/prescription information for each individual, therefore each person taking medications should have their own E.R.I.K.®. The kit comes with a magnet to hang up on your fridge as first responders are instructed to look there for the information they need. The included sticker is placed on the outside door of your residence. This let's first responders know that they should look for the E.R.I.K.® for all your important medical information in order to best assist you.

For more information about the kit – please follow link to the E.R.I.K.® Guide

If you would like a kit for your organization, please contact Melissa (204) 254-1010 ext. 217 or email melissal@dakotacc.com to arrange pick up. If you'd like a kit for yourself, they are available for pickup at the Dakota Fieldhouse customer service desk.

 

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COVID-19 INFORMATION DASHBOARD

Manitoba COVID-19 Screening Tool

Shared Health has posted the Manitoba COVID-19 Screening Tool. To prevent overwhelming the system, you can answer some questions online to determine if you need to contact Health Links - Info Sante at 204.788.8200 or toll-free at 1.888.315.9257 or seek other medical advice.

 

UP TO DATE COVID-19 INFORMATION IN MANITOBA

This link will take you to the Province of Manitoba's COVID-19 dashboard which is frequently updated with the latest general information in the province's response to the pandemic.

COMMUNITY TESTING LOCATIONS

This link will tell you where the closest COVID-19 testing locations are located.

CITY-WIDE CLOSURES AND NOTICES

Need to go out and get errands done? This link will tell you locations open for business and any restrictions they may be imposing during this time.

WINNIPEG TRANSIT COVID-19 UPDATES

Is taking the bus part of your daily routine? If so, this link will give you all the latest information if and how the pandemic is impacting Winnipeg Transit.

 

Understanding COVID-19

Be sure to check out this guide from the WRHA about what COVID is, how long the infection can last, and more useful tips to protect yourself.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Information regarding Manitoba's vaccine rollout plan and immunization statistics can be found here: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/index.html

 

What Older Canadians Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines

Learn more about how vaccines protect older adults from COVID-19 and variants with evidence based information. Click here to learn more.

 

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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

 

Financial Credit & Income Tax Filing Extension

For low and modest income seniors - and other Canadians - the government will provide a one-time special payment through the Goods and Services Tax (GST) credit by early May. This will double the maximum annual GST credit payment amounts for the 2019-20 benefit year. The average boost to income for those benefitting from this measure will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples.

The government is reducing required minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) by 25 per cent for 2020.

The government is extending the deadline to file your income taxes to June 1 and allowing any new balances due, or installments, to be deferred until after August 31, 2020 without incurring interest or penalties. For more information, please follow this link.

 

HelpAgeCanada (Financial Assistance Program)

HelpAge Canada supports older Canadians from coast to coast to coast, particularly those who face social and economic barriers. All Canadians deserve to age with dignity.

Social isolation and loneliness affect more than one million older Canadians, especially those with limited means. Loneliness and isolation can result in serious social, mental and physical health challenges, as well as in a significantly reduced quality of life for older persons and their caregivers.

They help in four key areas:

 

CRA Outreach Program

Details about Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for Individuals. For more information please click on this link.

 

Financial Assistance Program

Do you need help to create the life they want to live, while protecting your loved one and planning your financial legacy. Do you need a service that offers access to a diverse portfolio of insurance, retirement, savings and wealth-building strategies? Do you wish to start a business or you have a small start-up and you need advice with financial and insurance options for yourselves and your employees to ensure the future security of your businesses. Please contact gamadi14ccmc@wpgmail.ca & by phone at (204)-880-2710.  

 

Income Tax for Seniors

Canada Revenue provides free income tax return preparation for everyone with a lower income. Though most of their clinics have been cancelled because of the pandemic, they still list one location where you can have your tax return completed. That location is YPN Winnipeg and you can reach them by phone at 204.899.8832. The contat name is Spencer Sinclair. You can also reach them by email at spencersinclair@hotmail.com.

You can also have your tax return completed at no charge through Community Financial Counselling Services. You can reach them by phone at 204.989.1900.

 

Federal Government Resources for Seniors

Please click here for a link to the federal programs and what the federal government is doing for seniors.

 

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WELLNESS AND MENTAL HEALTH

Friendly Calls Program

The Canadian Red Cross Friendly Calls program helps address feelings of loneliness and isolation that so many are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program pairs a trained Red Cross volunteer with an adult who feels isolated or lonely, who may have limited social and family connections, or feels they could benefit from more social interaction. Volunteers provide wellness checks and weekly phone calls, and can help provide connections to community resources and other referral services. Scheduled phone calls are tailored to meet each person’s needs. Calls can range from a two-minute check-in to a longer, more social chat. People can participate in the program by: contacting the program coordinator directly; via a referral from a family member or care provider; or a referral from community partners such as social services, religious leaders, or a seniors’ group. Friendly Calls is a free service.

 

Elder Abuse Awareness Information

June 15th has been dedicated as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Manitoba Association of Senior Centers has prepared a video in response to creating further awareness. The video focuses on who should I tell" in attempt to provoke/promote action and discussions between friends and families. Please click here for more information.

 

HUB Support for Older Adults

If you are an older adult (55+) and experiencing isolation, loneliness, anxiety, depression, mental health concerns, addiction, or are concerned about your family, you can call or email CMHA's Service Navigation Hub for assessment, information, referral, supports, brief counselling, resources or courses. Please click here for more information.

 

Good Neighbours

Good Neighbours Active Living Centre in partnership with the WRHA Healthy Aging Resource Team for River East / Transcona and University of Manitoba Occupational Therapy students have developed a toolkit for people experiencing stress, depression and/or anxiety due to COVID-19.  The toolkit offers some practical information and exercises to reduce negative feelings associated with COVID.  It also provides information on nutrition, sleep, goal setting and the importance of routine during a challenging time.Click here to open the document. You can also find a COVID-19 Resource List for service providers here.

 

WRHA Healthy Aging Resource Team - River East/Transcona

We are a team of health care professionals working in the River East/Transcona area. We are available for telephone consultation for anyone 55+ living in the St. Bondiace/St.Vital area who need assistance with navigating the health care system, being connected to resources, and maintaining and improving the overall health and wellness. For further information about our team, click here.

 

Feeling anxious? The following are organizations that can help:

Aging Well Together Information Guide

TARGETING ISOLATION led by Drs. Verena Menec and Nancy Newall as part of the AGING WELL TOGETHER coalition of organizations working together to facilitate the social engagement of adults aged 55+ in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 Targeting Isolation seeks to:

  • Help people identify and better understand social isolation
  • Train Community Connectors to connect socially isolated older individuals to community Resources; and
  • Work with organizations that help reduce older people’s social isolation

This is also available on http://targetingisolation.com. For more information, please contact targetingisolation@brandonu.ca

 

Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba (ADAM)

This organization recognizes that there is an increase in anxiety in the general public at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and they are there to help. Please call their support line at 204.925.0040 or visit their website www.adam.mb.ca for more information.
Note: The support line is not a crisis line. People experiencing a crisis should go to the Crisis Response Centre, the nearest hospital emergency department, or call the Klinic Crisis Line, the Mobile Crisis Team, or Emergency Services at 911.

 

WRHA Health Management Group Programs Guide

This guide is for use by the public and also as referral tool for use by Primary Care, Home Care, Public Health and in acute settings to refer patients to harmonized chronic disease prevention and management programs, including mental health-related. https://wrha.mb.ca/groups/

 

Sara Riel offers 24 Hour Peer Support

As Winnipeggers are following social distancing guidelines and participating in self-quarantine practices, this peer support group is particularly for those who are alone and already struggle with isolation or feelings of anxiousness. Sara Riel offes a "Seneca Warm Line" - a phone line for persons struggling with mental health and addiction issues. Please call 204.947.9276 or 204.231.0217 or visit their website at www.sararielinc.com for more information.

 

Aulneau Renewal Centre

Understand tha tduring these challenging times, individuals and families may require additional support to help navigate this ardous journey. They are facilitating wellness checks to help address the anxiety people may have due to COVID-19. Via a phone call, a counsellor will be able to provide information on coping tools, strategies and resources during this difficult time. Please call 204.987.7090 or visit their website at www.aulneau.com for more information.

 

Mental Health Virtual Therapy

The COVID-19 pandemic brings a high level of stress and anxiety as it rapidly changes the way we work, socialize and live. For more information on virtual therapy and resources, please visit: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/bewell/virtualtherapy.html.

 

COVID-19 Tip Sheet - Caring for Older Adults

Here is a great tip sheet that addresses several factors and gives good tips when caring for someone during the pandemic. Click here to view.

 

Age & Opportunity Support Services Resources

Senior Centre Without Walls

A&O offers the Senior Centre Without Walls (SCWW) Program that provides FREE educational and recreational programs over the phone. The program reaches out to socially isolated older adults 55+ living in Manitoba.   Visit their website or call 204.956.6440 (Winnipeg) or call toll-free by dialing 1.888.333.3121. You can view both their upcoming program guide (January 2021 – April 2021) and registration worksheet by clicking on this link.

 

Free Counselling & Health Services during COVID-19 Pandemic

See attached link for a collaboration of FREE counselling and health services available during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

Doctors are here to help you.

They may provide a phone or video appointment. If an in-person visit is needed, doctor's offices are taking public health precautions to screen patients, disinfect more frequently and apply social distancing advice in common spaces like waiting rooms. Most importantly, your doctor can help you decide if you should seek care now, or wait. Don't self-diagnose, or simply assume they're not available. Just call your doctor first to get advice. They're ready to help. For more information, please click this link.

 

Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety

During the pandemic, The Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety continues to encourage self-advocacy and healthcare involvement with patients, families and the public. We have developed a new section on our website for the public and healthcare providers to easily find tools and information to support these efforts. You can access this information by going to mips.ca/covid-19.html

 

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FOOD BANK

COVID-19 - How to Access Food - Winnipeg Harvest

Winnipeg Harvest is striving to ensure all Manitobans who need it have access to emergency, temporary food support. To stretch their resources to serve an anticipated larger number of clients, they are preparing large food hampers to be delivered through our network of community food banks and partner organizations. To access one of these hampers, please follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Contact the Food Assistance Call Centre to book an appointment at your local food bank.
  2. Attend your appointment.
    • Bring your Manitoba Health Card to your local food bank, and bags or boxes to carry your food hamper.
  3. Following your appointment.
    • Call or email the Food Assistance Call Centre in Step 1 to book your next appointment.

 

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HELPING HANDS / VOLUNTEERS

Need Assistance? - Connect to a Volunteer for help! Province of Manitoba Launches Online Tool to Connect Volunteers Safely with Manitobans Needing Assistance - Manitobans Helping Manitobans

"Help Next Door MB" is a network of helpers coming together as a community.

If you are a volunteer ready to provide your support or someone who needs a helping hand through these difficult times, this platform can connect you. the online tool www.HelpNextDoorMB.ca will be vital for requests ranging from home computer and data security assistance to prescription medication pickups and deliveries. Manitobans can access https://www.helpnextdoormb.ca/ directly or via www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

 

Right At Home (Range of in-home services)

Right at Home provides a range of in-home care options for seniors and adults with disabilities. Don’t think of their services as one-size-fits all. We know everyone’s needs are different, so their care plans are uniquely tailored to each individual. Right at Home provide services such as: Companionship and Physical Assistance; Dementia Specialists; Homemaking and Meal Preparation; Transportation and Errand; Hygiene and Personal Care; Nursing Support; MVA Specialists & Rehabilitation & Navigation and Education. Please visit their website here or you can call  them at (204) 900-8621.

 

Snow Removal Services

Good Neighbours Home Maintenance Program
Phone: (204) 806-1303. They also help with other Household Maintenance Programs. 

Hire A Refugee
Hire A Refugee services include, Painting, Cleaning, Snow Removal, Junk Removal, Landscaping, Window Cleaning & Demolition. If you have another job you need completed and are not sure if they can do it, don’t be afraid to give them a call at (204) 489-0720.

Onthestep
This On-Demand Snow Removal service is right to your doorstep. You can order using the app, or by phone @ 204-594-7296. With OnTheStep, there is no need to sign any contracts for their services. When you need snow removal or lawn mowing, use the OnTheStep app, and a Stepper will be on their way. Visit their website for more information

The Better Business Bureau top rated people in your area can help you find people who are involved in snow clearing. More information can be retrieved on here to get a quote through their website. 

 

Need Help With Your Home?

Community Home Services: The CHSP provides free community services such as light house cleaning, yard work, snow removal and occasional heavy duty cleaning to low income seniors (60+) and persons with a disability who have home care in place living independently within Winnipeg. Applicants for CHSP services must meet eligibility criteria. For more information contact 204-927-1720

Self-starting Creative opportunities for People in Employment (SSCOPE): We provide services such as snow shoveling; lawn maintenance; light moving; pickup and deliveries; building cleaning; and other services at reasonable rates. For more information, contact 204-987-6300; Email: sscope.inc@gmail.com or visit their website www.sscope.org

Molly Maids: This is a personalized cleaning service that also caters to seniors. They pride themselves in cleaning according to any special needs or requests with the aim of maintaining your independence. Feel free to contact them at 1-204-808-9079; or email them at info@mollymaid.ca

 

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SOCIAL SERVICES

*NEW* 211 Phone Line Now Available

211 Manitoba is a free, confidential, 24/7 service that connects individuals to government, health, and social services that are available across the province. The service helps Manitobans who are looking to find the right community or social resource but don’t know where to start. 211 Manitoba also makes it easy for service providers and first responders to direct others to the right resource.

A new addition to this service is the ability to call in and speak with trained professionals. This service can be easily reached by dialing 2-1-1 from your mobile phone or landline.

 

Help With Transportation

Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre: The Medical Transportation Hotline is a service which offers door-to-door medical appointment transportation for seniors. Due to the ongoing concerns with COVID-19, each vehicle is limited to one person at a time. To arrange your ride, please call (204) 899-1696.

Ring-a-Ride (Caregiving with Confidence): Please give them a call at (204) 452-9491. Kindly visit their website for further information

Karibu Transport Services: This is an amazing service that caters to the needs of Winnipeggers and has great discount for seniors. Kindly email them at jos.akonkwa@gmail.com or call them at 204-332-2410

 

Programs for Seniors in Manitoba

There are a variety of programs and services to help you ensure your later years are safe and secure. Click here to view programs.

 

St. Vital Accomodation Options

Here are listings of 55+ residences in the St.Vital area if you are looking for living accomodation with assistance.

 

National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE)

There are many resources & tools that you can utilize in the community and membership is free.  

NICE is an international network of researchers, practitioners, and students dedicated to improving the care of older adults, both in Canada and abroad.​

Their members represent a broad spectrum of disciplines and professions, including geriatric medicine, gerontological nursing, gerontological social work, gerontology, rehabilitation science, sociology, psychology, policy, law and older adults themselves and their caregivers.

 For more information, please visit: https://www.nicenet.ca/

 

Grocery Store - Senior Only - Shopping Hours and/or Delivery Services

For more information on city wide services please click on this link: http://umanitoba.ca/centres/aging/coa_community.html

 

Winnipeg Public Library LibGuide

There are many online activities happening, and authors, artists, and organizations generously sharing their time, words, talents, and stories with the Winnipeg Public Library.

In this Guide, you will be connected with the Library's resources plus the many free online resources being shared. Check in often - they are adding new resources daily.

Click here: https://guides.wpl.winnipeg.ca/aclickaway/

 

Virtual Tours at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights (CMHR)

CMHR is making the museum available for virtual visits during the COVID-19 closures. Please follow this link to their website to start your virtual tour.

Virtual Culture: Concerts, plays and museums to enjoy from home.

Calgary Zoo - Looking for life beyong your four walls? Why not check out the Calgary Zoo's PandaCam? You can watch their two giant pandas - Er Shun and Da Mao - every day from 9 am - 6 pm (MST).

Zoos and aquariums offering live videos of animals - Want to see some other animals? These six American zoos and aquariums are offering live videos of animals for free during the pandemic. Check it out.

 

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FITNESS & HEALTH

Fall Prevention Information

For the latest information on fall prevention, please visit this resource guide.

 

New Physical activity / excercise resources for older adults

How to stay active during the pandemic - just click on this link: http://umanitoba.ca/rehabsciences/pt/media/Physical-Activity-at-Home-Publicly-available-resources-for-physical-condition.pdf

 

Line Dancing Sheets & Videos

With the help of our Line Dancing Instructor, Jean Brock, we have put together a number of line dancing resources for your to participate in at home! Learn a new skill or stay active with these fun dance moves!

https://www.linedancerweb.com

https://www.facebook.com/dancewithira
Note: You do not have to be a Facebook user or Facebook friend to tune in and participate in the class. Simply click on the link above or copy and paste the link in to your browser. When you become a "follower" on my page, you will get automatic alerts whenever I go live.

If you would like a copy of these workouts, printed for you, please contact Melissa at 204.254.1010 ext 217 or by email at melissal@dakotacc.com to arrange curbside drop off.

 

Older Adult Circuit Posters

Click on any of the following links to open that specific poster in your internet browser.

 

In-Motion Older Adult Excercise DVD

https://www.winnipeginmotion.ca/in_motion_older_adult_excercise_video.php

 

Preventfalls.ca

Balance excercises: https://preventfalls.ca/older-adults/excercise/home-excercise/

 

Osteoporosis Canada Virtual Opportunities

Join Osteoporosis Canada for their ongoing webinars focusing on varying aspects at https://osteoporosis.ca/events/. New ones are constantly being added. Their signature presentation for the general public is titled "Speaking of Bones" and covers:

  • Whats osteoporosis is
  • Risk factors
  • How osteoporosis is diagnosed
  • How to maintain healthy bones
  • How osteoporosis is treated
  • How to live well with osteoporosis

 

Arthritis Society Physical Acitivity & Strategies

Dr. Linda Li and Ava Rudachyk are sharing great information on physical activity and strategies to keep you moving and make living with arthritis easier. Because we know staying active is both one of the most impactful things you can do and one of the most difficult, here are a few additional resources to support your journey.

Website resources

  1. Staying Active online learning guide - Discover how to start and stay active to help reduce arthritis pain and increase mobility.
  2. Assistive Devices Resource - Learn about the different types of assistive devices that can make everyday tasks easier.
  3. Daily Living online learning guide - Explore how to keep doing what you need and love to do.
  4. Top 10 Exercises - The exercises most often recommended for people living with arthritis

Videos

  1. Mobility for Life - Dr. Hubley-Kozey discusses innovative diagnostics and treatments for osteoarthritis care.
  2. Arthritis Advice: Walking - Physiotherapist Ingrid Beam provides simple tips to help people with arthritis incorporate walking into their activities.

 

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CONTACT

If you have any questions ore require additional information, please reach out to the contacts listed below.

English

Français

Melissa Larter
Older Adults Coordinator

Phone: 204.254.1010 ext. 217
Email: melissal@dakotacc.com

Conseil Des Francophones 55+

123-400 Rue Des Meurons
Winnipeg, MB R2H 3H3

Téléphone: 204.793.1054
Courriel: conseil55@mts.net
Website: fafm.mb.ca

 

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COVID-19 INFORMATION DASHBOARD

Manitoba COVID-19 Screening Tool

Shared Health has posted the Manitoba COVID-19 Screening Tool. To prevent overwhelming the system, you can answer some questions online to determine if you need to contact Health Links - Info Sante at 204.788.8200 or toll-free at 1.888.315.9257 or seek other medical advice.