The holiday season is upon us once again, and with it comes the opportunity to reflect on the year that has gone by. I want to personally thank you for your ongoing generosity.
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.
Once per week, Diane Silverthorne commutes 90 minutes to Winnipeg from her home at Hillside Beach to volunteer at Victoria Lifeline. Victoria Lifeline is Manitoba's number one medical alert service, providing thousands of clients with the security of innovative fall prevention technology.
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.
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.