7 ways for older adults to stay active W

hen was the last time you signed up for a group activity or outing such as a line danc- ing class or the nearest mall walking club? If

you answered yes to the question, give yourself a nice pat on the back! I recently started going to a Saturday morning exercise class with my sister and we both love it! Not only are we reaping the benefits of physical activity, we are also spending some quality time together catching up after class. Being with people can prolong life Staying active, both physically and mentally, is important for people of all ages and abilities. More specifically, so- cial participation has proven to be a key predictor of overall health and well-be- ing for older adults. A report prepared by the University of Manitoba’s Centre on Aging, defined social participation broadly as a, “person’s involvement in activities that provide interaction with others.” Some of the notable benefits of daily social participation outlined in the report included a decreased risk of developing dementia, depression, and/ or a disability, along with enhanced quality of life, improved memory function, and even a better night’s sleep! Furthermore, studies have shown that social partici- pation can even help you live longer. This is especially true for women. In a landmark, 12-year study cited in the Centre on Aging report, researchers found that, “older women who participated in organizational ac- tivities had half the likelihood of dying within a 12-year period compared to those who did not participate in these social activities.”

Here are the seven ways to stay in the game

So, now that we understand why staying active is important, let’s explore the how! Here are seven great ways for older adults to stay active and socially con- nected. 1) Take a drive (or the bus or a lei-

Krystal Stokes Healthy Living

surely walk) to your local senior centre or check out their programming online. Senior Centres provide the perfect place to meet like-minded people and engage in meaningful, fun activities. And older adults agree! The Centre on Aging Re- port found that, “80 percent or more felt that the activities (at the centre) in- creased their knowledge, helped them gain self-confidence, and provided an opportunity to try new things”. To find a centre near you, please visit the Mani- toba Association of Senior Centres at https://www.manitobaseniorcentres. com/

2) Sign up for a dance class! Many se- nior centres offer dance classes as part of

their regular programming or you can look for a be- ginner class at a local dance studio. Dancing is a great total body workout that can help keep your muscles and your heart strong. Dancing can also improve your balance and coordination, not to mention all the fun you’ll have working on your two-step! 3) Sign up for a walking tour of the city. No mat- ter what your interests are – historical architecture, beautiful churches or even haunted buildings, there’s a walking tour for you in Winnipeg! Visit the Tourism Winnipeg site for information on the different tours our great city has to offer. If you’re looking for a free, self-guided tour, there’s a great App you can download

ing concern, and are often not painful. If they begin to hurt you, and they be- gin to change the way you walk, then seek treatment, either from the pharmacy or a medical professional (physician,


gist, podiatrist). Warts are caused by a virus, the Human papil- lomavirus. There are over one hundred types of this virus. Please remember: the types of virus caus- ing warts on other areas of the body are a differ-

Warts and all . . . D

o not worry too much about warts! For most healthy individ- uals, warts are not a life threaten-

Dr. Gillian Aldous Foot Notes

ent strain of virus. Plantar warts (warts on the plantar sole of the foot), Palmar warts (on hands) are a non- cancerous skin growth that exist in the top layer of

to your smart phone called GPSmyCity – Lose Your- self Without Getting Lost. According to their website, “Each walk comes with a detailed walking tour map as well as the photos and background information for the included attractions. The app’s navigation guides you from one attraction to the next.” If you’re so inclined, gather some friends and get to know your city! 4) Create a cultural experience – what better way to stay socially engaged then a trip to the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Dalnavert museum or the Leo Mol Sculp- ture Garden (just to name a few) with some friends and/or family. Better yet, why not purchase an inexpen- sive pedometer and you can keep track of the number of steps you take while you enjoy the experience. 5) Join a garden club or community garden group

and share your passion for gardening while making our city a beautiful place to live! To find out more, visit CommunityGardens/default.stm

6) Plan a swim day at your local pool or join an

Aquafitness class. Swimming is a great way to stay active, even for people with limited mobility or joint problems. The City of Winnipeg even offers specialty Aquafitness classes for people living with arthritis and/ or fibromyalgia. To find out more, here is a link to their Leisure Guide programming for older adults http://lei- pn=#{%22issue_id%22:512822,%22page%22:52} 7) Look for a volunteer role that is a perfect fit for you! Volunteering is one of the best ways to stay ac- tive and connected to your community. A great place to start is the Volunteer Manitoba website. https://www. Krystal Stokes is the communications and public relations Manager at Victoria Lifeline, a community service of the Vic Foundation.

skin. The virus enters the skin through small cuts on the skin surface. The types of virus that causes plantar warts

isn’t easily moist trans-

mitted by direct contact. The virus does thrive in warm,


ments: the usual exam- ples are swimming pools/ changing rooms. So, it is possible to walk barefoot in these areas and con- tract the virus thorough the skin. The prevention? Please remember to wear sports sandals as much as possible in the changing areas.

It is possible for warts to spread to other areas

of your body through touch, so after treating, or touching a wart, please re- member to wash your hands. It is com- mon to see warts on other areas of the

body, (such as knees, elbows, fingers), so be careful not to use the same files, or cutting equipment on other areas after treating the wart area. Please be very cautious about warts

if you have any condition, health issue, or medication that makes you immune- compromised. If your immune system is weakened then warts can spread very easily, and soon become a cause of con- cern. So, for most people warts will go

away by themselves in time. (Unfortu- nately, the life of a wart can be several years.) If you decide to treat them, then the first call is probably the pharmacy. There are several treatments: acids, cryo (cold). Most treatments work by mak- ing the wart and surrounding skin un- comfortable, and so the wart does not live as long. These methods will prob- ably need many treatments. The “duct tape” method will work…it will take a long time, probably at least six months.

Podiatrists will use various treatments

for removal of warts. The treatment will depend on the size and number of warts, and on the patient. There are some methods of removal which are very ef- fective and can get rid of the wart very quickly. However, these methods can be painful, and sometimes there could be effects that last for some time after- wards. It is important to discuss with the practitioner what your schedule is, and how much pain you can tolerate. Please note not all practising podiatrists carry out the same treatments, please contact each practitioner for more infor- mation about availability and cost. Remember, warts are contagious, and

there are treatment methods to get rid of them more quickly. Dr. Gillian Aldous (Podiatrist) works

from the Madison Square Orthorehab Clinic at Madison Square near Polo Park. Please contact Carol Smith to arrange an office visit or housecall. (204 504 8986)

Pharmacare 101: What you need to know about provincial coverage for prescription drugs for those on a fixed or low income


hat is Pharmacare? Pharmacare provides drug assistance

cost to eligible

Manitobans who do not have coverage un- der a federal or other provincial program. Pharmacare is income based, which means a yearly deductible is calculated based on the total adjusted family income. Once the deductible has been reached through the purchase of eligible prescription drugs at a pharmacy, Pharmacare will pay 100 per cent of eligible prescription costs for the remainder of the benefit year. Application forms can be found online at the govern- ment of Manitoba website or at your lo- cal pharmacy. Drop into Pharmasave As- siniboine Pharmacy and our friendly staff would love to answer any questions you may have or help you fill out your form. What is a deductible and how is it calculated? A deductible is a specific dollar amount

that must be paid each year before Phar- macare coverage begins. The minimum deductible for Pharmacare is $100, with no maximum deductible. Once an applica-


tion has been processed, Pharmacare will send a notification letter indicating the de- ductible amount. The deductible amount is a percentage of the total adjusted family income and ranges from 3.01-6.81%. To calculate a family deductible, there is an online Pharmacare Deductible Estimator on the government of Manitoba website. Does Pharmacare coverage follow a regular calendar year? The Pharmacare benefit year is April 1

to March 31 of the following year. What is Part 3 EDS? While Pharmacare covers most medi-

cations prescribed by your physician not all medications are an automatic benefit under Pharmacare. These types of medi- cations fall under the Part 3 Exceptional Drug Status program. Under this program physicians can apply to obtain drug cover- age for medication not normally covered. The approval is generally given for a one- year period, after which time the person's doctor must reapply. At Assiniboine Phar- macy we will let you know if your doctor has prescribed a Part 3 EDS medication

and we will take care of getting the doc- tor to apply for coverage. In addition, we will keep track of the expiry date of your EDS medication and remind your doctor to reapply for coverage before it runs out. What if I meet my deductible every year but find it hard to start paying for all my medications again April 1 as I'm on a fixed budget? Pharmacare does have a program that allows you to pay your deductible


monthly instalments as part of your Mani- toba Hydro bill but this program is quite restrictive. To qualify, your monthly drug costs must exceed 20% of your monthly income. If you don't qualify or you don't want to go through the hassle of apply- ing, Assiniboine Pharmacy has a Monthly Budget Plan to assist you. Call and speak to one of our friendly staff members to get more details.

I meet my deductible every year, so does it matter where I go to have my medications filled? No, not really. For many people who don't meet their deductible, they go to

the pharmacy that provides them with the lowest price. While price is a very im- portant factor in choosing a pharmacy, it should not be your only reason, especial- ly if you meet your deductible! Remem- ber the old saying, "You get what you pay for". While some pharmacies offer a low price, convenience and service are usu- ally sacrificed as a result. At Assiniboine Pharmacy, we believe your relationship with your pharmacist is of the utmost importance. By keeping our prices com- petitive, we won’t sacrifice service and convenience for the sake of a low price. If you meet your deductible you should choose a pharmacy that can get to know you on a personal level and provide the care you deserve.

I have private insurance through my employer, do I still need to apply for Pharmacare? Yes. Private insurers are now want- ing you to verify that you have applied for provincial Pharmacare coverage and some will cut off your benefits if you don't.

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