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Rob Altemeyer, MLA Wolseley
October 25, 2007

Community Seniors Health Day

Mr. Speaker, I was very pleased to recently attend the Community Seniors Health Day at Lions Place in my constituency of Wolseley. Making sure there is quality health care available to all residents, especially in their golden years, is imperative, and ensuring that seniors are aware of the services and programs available to them is key in ensuring their ongoing well-being.

There were excellent presentations at Health Day on emergency medical services, additional services available through the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the Emergency Response Information Kit, or ERIK.

It is through excellent programs like ERIK that we can make sure that the health needs of individual seniors are met. All area emergency groups have endorsed this program, and once completed the ERIK kit provides the necessary information for emergency personnel to respond quickly to individual situations. It was also a very good pleasure to me to be able to provide some healthy living door prizes to the event and to contribute to the overall success of this remarkable organization.

With an aging population, Mr. Speaker, we must all make efforts to ensure that our seniors have the most current information on health services. Seniors are one of the fastest-growing age groups in Canada with approximately 13 percent of the population now over the age of 65. Manitoba has one of the highest per capita populations of seniors in the country, and I'm proud to be part of a government that has shown its support for seniors by proclaiming October as Seniors and Elders Month. Through funding announced this month to organizations like the Aboriginal Seniors Resource Centre, Creative Retirement, which is located in Wolseley, and the Manitoba Society of Seniors, we are continuing our commitment to improving the lives of our senior citizens.

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank all of the organizers, presenters and health agencies for providing the Community Seniors Health Day at Lions Place. The information presented was not only important to seniors but also to their friends and families. The Health Day provided a wonderful opportunity to share essential information for ensuring a healthy lifestyle among seniors and their families.

Thank you.