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AAIM for Healthy Living
A newsletter from Active Aging in Manitoba (AAIM)
Greetings from AAIM
Active Aging in Manitoba (AAIM) is a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the promotion of active aging opportunities for all older Manitobans to enhance their health, mobility and continuing participation in their community.

Welcome to our inaugural e-newsletter. The goal is to inform, share, and provide you with AAIM updates and pertinent healthy living information. We hope you enjoy it!

The 2021 Manitoba 55+ Games are going VIRTUAL!

Register Now!
2021 Manitoba 55+ Games are going VIRTUAL
June 14 – July 16th, 2021

While a large in-person event is not on this year, imagine yourself participating in some MB 55+ Games related activities close to home. There are some fun activities you still can do safely within your communities and individual bubbles as you abide by the current public health orders.

Active Aging in Manitoba (AAIM), inspired by past participants, who have found ways to stay active, safely and close to home, has developed a virtual serving of the Manitoba 55+ Games for 2021, thanks to the support from Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.  Yes, with a bit of imagination, and some effort to challenge yourself and encourage others, you can participate in the Manitoba 55+ Games this year.

Registration is FREE – Choose from the list of events, register in the Manitoba 55+ Games presented by PlayNow, track your activity from June 14th to July 16th and send in your Activity Tracker to get counted in and be entered into a draw for some great active aging prizes.

Check out our website for more information
Community Involvement, Fun & Participation
The three primary ingredients for Active Aging Week: community involvement, fun and participation; that’s it!

We are eager to reboot Active Aging Week this year. Active Aging Week takes place October 4th – October 11th, the launching pad for Seniors and Elders Month, which occurs during the entire month of October.

We’re excited to re-connect and re-engage with people as public health orders allow. The pandemic has made us think about how we can do things differently and creatively.

We are encouraging every community in Manitoba to take part and celebrate healthy, active aging, sharing their experience of being an active living community in Manitoba.

Put on your thinking caps and start imagining how you and your community, can offer something fun and engaging for older adults during Active Aging Week. We want to hear from you!

CLICK HERE for more information about how to get involved.
Older Winnipeggers Social Engagement Project
Active Aging in MB is pleased to be a collaborative partner in a 5-year collective impact project that is striving to reduce and prevent social isolation of older adults. The project entitled “Older Winnipeggers Social Engagement Project” (OWSEP) is exploring effective ways to expand and refine programs and services and influence policies and practices to reach out to older adults who are or may be at risk of being socially isolated.

This project, made possible through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Pan-Canadian Program is enabling AAIM to develop relevant, appealing and easy ways for older adults to be included and to feel included.
Some of the innovations AAIM has made include the “Take a Minute to Move” radio campaign in collaboration with CJNU Nostalgia Radio, in which listeners were encouraged to take a few minutes during their day to move more, sit less and feel better by participating in some basic exercises aimed at improving functional ability for everyday living. A spin-off from this campaign is the “Take a Minute to Move TWOgether” initiative, which provides an information resource package to Steppin’ Up With Confidence Peer Volunteer Leaders, encouraging and supporting their efforts to reach out older adults who may be at risk of social isolation. 

AAIM will continue to explore opportunities to collaborate with older adult serving groups to improve opportunities for all older Manitobans and to reduce and prevent social isolation.

The OWSEP partners include: A&O Support Services for Older Adults (the backbone agency of this project), Manitoba Association of Senior Centres (MASC), Active Aging in Manitoba (AAIM), Transportation Options Network for Seniors (TONS), and the University of Manitoba.  
National Health and Fitness Day – Saturday, June 5th
Physical Activity is key to our overall physical and mental wellbeing. We know many of you have found it challenging to keep active with the unpredictable nature of the pandemic and its impact on our mental health. Instead of berating yourself when you haven’t done as much as you’d like, applaud the ways, big or small, that you have kept moving. Try to get out and get active daily, safely, as public health orders allow. Healthy is a different outfit on everybody. Get dressed to be active! It’s National Health and Fitness Day on Saturday June 5th!
Killarney Steppin' Up with Confidence group. Photo taken pre-pandemic.
Prairie Mountain Health Steps Up in a Big Way
Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) region loves the Steppin’ Up With Confidence (SUWC) program. Over the past six years, Nikki Dean, Health Promotion Coordinator and her team in PMH have worked extremely hard to get the program running regularly in as many communities within the region as possible. 

As Dean relayed, it all started in 2015 when our Health Promotion staff partnered with ALCOA (now AAIM), and Senior’s Services in four communities (Killarney, Virden, Erickson and Treherne) trained peer leaders to run pilot programs. The pilot programs were so successful that we decided to run additional training workshops in 2016 and 2017. 

Dean mentioned that in 2018-19, Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living announced a new fall prevention deliverable.  This announcement acted as our catalyst to run more training programs, further broadening our reach in our region.  Another 67 peer leaders have been trained since then, and up until COVID19, regular classes were occurring in 17 communities spread widely throughout the region.

COVID has made leading classes interesting, remarked Dean. However, our leaders have done a fantastic job doing whatever they can to keep their communities active and social. One example are the classes run by Alyse Richards from Neepawa, which can even be found on MTS cable, channel 1030, twice a day for individuals to access safely from home! 
Sun Facts – enjoying your summer safely.
While basking in the sun, especially after a long winter and spring of being hunkered down in our homes, don’t forget to practice sun sense before heading outside; seek shade, cover-up, wear a hat and sunglasses.  For essential sunscreen 101, check out the Canadian Cancer Society’s website.
Fuel Up with a Healthy Snack Roasted Chickpeas 
Fast and easy to make!
  • Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas.
  • Place on large baking pan, toss with a few TBSP oil, and some salt and/or your favorite spices.
  • Bake  at 400F for 30 minutes, stir and bake another 20 minutes until crispy. 
  • When cooled, store in a sealed container
  • ENJOY!


Stump yourself. Challenge and activate your mind. Build a piece of furniture. Complete a jigsaw puzzle. Do something artistic. Play games, such as bridge that makes you think strategically. Challenging your mind may have short and long-term benefits for your brain. Source – Alzheimer’s Society

Did you know that cribbage, whist, and scrabble are all part of the Manitoba 55+ Games, offered virtually from JUNE 14-JULY 16? So why not participate in a brain game - register today and count yourself in!

Make sure to visit our website and follow us on social media!
Active Aging in Manitoba (AAIM)
Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital
1075 Leila Avenue
Winnipeg MB R2P 2W7

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