For many of us, the holidays are a joyous time spent with loved ones. But for low income and isolated older adults in our community, the holiday season can be a difficult time of year.
November is fall prevention month and there's a very good reason why an entire month is dedicated to raising awareness about the risk of falling. One in three older adults aged 65+ falls each year and it's the leading cause of injury hospitalization in Manitoba, accounting for $265 million in healthcare spending.
Human beings are social creatures. It is often the relationships we have with each other that give life meaning and purpose. As John Donne famously wrote in 1624, "No man is an island, entire of itself." Simply put, we need each other.
On September 13, approximately 275 guests attended our 3rd Annual Miracle Garden Party in support of Mental Health. Sponsors, supporters and guests of this extraordinary evening raised an incredible $113,000. The net proceeds will be invested in mental health initiatives at Victoria Hospital.
Our Victoria Lifeline volunteers were honoured for their extraordinary dedication to helping Manitobans lead safe and independent lives at the 35th Annual Volunteer Awards.